Justin Thomas chips in for par -- over spike mark -- on green

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Justin Thomas decided that instead of putting through a spike mark from 5 feet away on Friday, he'd chip over it -- and into the hole to save par.
By T.J. Auclair
PGA.com
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Series: PGA Tour

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 | 8:01 a.m.

This just in: Justin Thomas is good at golf.

The reigning PGA Champion, PGA Tour Player of the Year and FedExCup Champion is in South Korea this week for the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges.

In Round 1 on Thursday, he snagged the early lead with a 9-under 63. Friday's 2-over 74 left something to be desired, but it did include one amazing highlight for the man who will enter the weekend tied for fourth at 7 under, just two off the lead held by Luke List.

Playing the par-4 fifth hole, Thomas was facing a 5-footer for par. However, directly in front of his ball, Thomas noticed some funky stuff going on with the green. There was a big depression and a spike mark.

Under the rules, Thomas wasn't allowed to fix them until after he played his shot.

So what was he to do? Putt through it and hope the ball stayed on line?

For most people, probably. But most people aren't Thomas.

Instead of messing with the depression and putting, Thomas opted for a gap wedge and expertly popped the ball over the depression and right into the hole for one of the coolest pars we'll see in the 2017-18 season:

T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.