Justin Thomas had a funny reaction to lucky bounce on final hole that secured his win at The Players Championship

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  • Justin Thomas won The Players Championship at TPC-Sawgrass on Sunday.

  • Thomas entered the final hole with a 2-stroke lead but had to survive a scary shot off the tee.

  • After his ball avoided the water, Thomas celebrated with a hilarious delayed club twirl.

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Justin Thomas played a brilliant final round on Sunday to win The Players Championship at TPC-Sawgrass.

After entering the day trailing leader Lee Westwood by three strokes, Thomas played the final 18 holes four-under par to take down the tournament.

Heading to the 18th tee, Thomas held a two stroke lead over his closest competitors - Westwood and Bryson DeChambeau. If Thomas could play the 18th clean, the tournament would be his.

For a moment, it looked as though his round was about to fall apart. Taking a 5-wood off the tee, Thomas hit an astounding right-to-left hook that looked like it might edge a bit too far left and find the water.

Thankfully, Thomas got a brilliantly lucky first bounce, which moved the ball back towards the safety of the fairway. Had it taken a different bounce, Thomas might have wound up wet.

Rather than derailing his round, Thomas was left in perfect position to close out the tournament. After realizing that his shot was safe, Thomas offered up a delayed club twirl to celebrate.

After the round, Thomas revealed that he wasn't sure if his ball was safe as soon as he hit it.

"I can't lie. I thought it was 50-50 on if it was going to be dry or in the water," Thomas said after the tournament. "The only thing I knew is that I just absolutely smoked it."

With the win, Thomas takes home the right to call himself champion, and one of the richest purses in all of golf, taking home $2.7 million for his work over the weekend.

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