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Justin Thomas forced to play incredible five-yard chip at CJ Cup

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Justin Thomas pulled off an incredibly difficult five-yard chip on day 2 at the CJ Cup - a day that didn't always go so well for him.

Thomas had enjoyed a great first round at Nine Bridges, hitting 63 and sitting on top of the leaderboard. Day 2, however, came with problems, and the 24-year-old's two-over meant he slipped down to joint-fourth for the tournament.

He did manage to leave fans with something to remember from the round though - nailing a spectacular 5-yard chip with a wedge after his putting line was obstructed.

A large spike mark lay close to Thomas' ball, right in line with the hole. Unable to clear it, the American apparently saw himself with no better option but to try and chip it in from a remarkably short distance.

It's a shot that would certainly put off most golfers, but then most golfers aren't having the year that Justin Thomas is.

As you can see below, he makes it look effortless, finishing the hole with a shot that is unlikely to be topped in Korea this year.

It's the latest show of skill in a fantastic year for Thomas. Having turned professional in 2013, Thomas went into 2017 with two PGA Tour victories under his belt - the 2015 and 2016 CIMB Classics.

This year, however, has been a breakthrough one, the first signs of which came at the SONY Open, with Thomas setting PGA tour records in an incredible performance.

The CJ Cup - Round Two

He then equalled the record for a single-round at the US Open with a score of 63, before winning the PGA Championship by two shots to take home his first Major title.

The 24-year-old followed that up with victory at the amazingly lucrative 2017 FedEx Cup - all of it contributing to Thomas being considered the PGA Tour Player of the Year.

It's easy to see why there's such hype around the American, especially considering he's only the fourth player to win five times - with at least one major - in a single season before the age of 25. The other names on that list are Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, and Jordan Spieth - not bad company to be in. 

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