CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Justin Thomas emerged from a shade of a longtime crony and won a PGA Championship to take his place among a immature chosen in golf.
With dual large breaks to start a behind nine, a chip-in for birdie and a 7-iron that soared over a H2O to a peninsula green, Thomas hermetic with a 3-under 68 and won by dual shots. The PGA Championship was a many wise vital for a 24-year-old son of a PGA professional.
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Mike Thomas, a former PGA house member and longtime pro in Kentucky, walked along a corner of a 18th immature and into a arms of his son, a vital champion.
The week began with Jordan Spieth‘s query for a career Grand Slam. Spieth was during a 18th immature late Sunday afternoon during Quail Hollow, yet usually so he could applaud a impulse with Thomas, tighten friends given they were 14.
“So awesome, dude,” Spieth told him.
It was each bit of that.
With 5 players still in a brew in a final hour, Thomas surged forward by chipping in from 40 feet on a par-3 13th hole, and holding his haughtiness down a widen as his challenger eventually faded, one after another.
Hideki Matsuyama, behest to turn a initial actor from Japan to win a major, seemed to redeem from back-to-back bogeys with dual true birdies on a 14th and 15th holes to get within one shot. But a championship incited on a 16th hole.
Thomas faced a 6-foot standard putt to stay during 8 under. Matsuyama held a good distortion over a immature and chipped to 5 feet. Thomas squandered no time over a putt and drilled it in a core of cup. Matsuyama missed and was dual shots behind.
Thomas hermetic it with a 7-iron from 221 yards that privileged a H2O and rolled out to 15 feet. The birdie putt twisted in and his lead was adult to 3 going to a 18th. A final spook usually influenced a score.
He finished during 8-under 276, his fourth feat of a year.
Kevin Kisner was a final one who had a possibility to locate him. But he three-putted from 100 feet on a 16th for bogey, couldn’t birdie a 17th from prolonged operation and strike his second shot into a H2O and finished with a double-bogey. Kisner, a 54-hole leader, hermetic with a 74.
Matsuyama also strike into a H2O on No. 18 and done spook for a 72 to finish 3 back.
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