The PGA Championship seems to always deliver thrills on Sunday during the final hours of the battle for the Wanamaker Trophy, and even though Quail Hollow was a first-time host, the conclusion of Justin Thomas’ win had all the excitement we’ve come to expect from this tournament.
At one point as many as five held a share of the lead on Sunday afternoon, but Thomas got it done with gamesmanship and sauce that brought the gallery to their feet at nearly every turn.
That championship started sliding its way into Thomas’ favor on the par-5 10th hole. First, Thomas’ tee shot got a lucky bounce off the trees on the left. The ball landed back in the fairway, and after missing the green on his approach shot Thomas chipped to 10 feet and stared down a birdie opportunity. The birdie putt appeared to miss to the left, sitting on the lip of the cup for 12 seconds before finally tumbling in and providing the energy boost that JT would ride all the way to his first major win.
Here’s how the rest of the leaderboard breaks down:
1. Justin Thomas (-8): This is a huge moment for Thomas and wraps a great major season for young American golfers. The trio of Thomas, Jordan Spieth and Brooks Koepka will be battling for major championships for a while, and this win moves JT quickly through the ranks of acceptance as a star in this sport. He started the year as “Mr. 59” and soon changed his number of note to 63 with his record-breaking round at the U.S. Open. Now the important number is 1, the number of major championships the young golfer has before the age of 25.
T2. Patrick Reed (-6): The long, strange drought of Reed lacking a top-10 finish in a major is over. Reed got warmed up with four birdies on the front nine and then played his way in with no big mistakes until a bogey on the 18th hole that dropped him two strokes off the lead (at the time).
T2. Francesco Molinari…