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US PGA CHAMPIONSHIP: JUSTIN THOMAS WINS MAIDEN PGA MAJOR TITLE

Justin Thomas win maiden PGA

Justin Thomas won his first major with a thrilling two-shot victory at the US PGA Championship at Quail Hollow.

The American, 24, trailed leader Kevin Kisner by two shots going into the final round but hit a three-under-par 68 to win on eight under.

Justin Thomas

Francesco Molinari (67), Patrick Reed (67) and Louis Oosthuizen (70) tied for second.

“I can’t put it into words right now. I’m glad to have a trophy now,” an emotional Thomas said.

Thomas made six birdies in his round, including spectacular efforts on the 10th and 13th holes.

Rickie Fowler carded a four-under-par 67 to tie for fifth on five under alongside Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama, who went round in 72.

At one stage on the back nine, Thomas, Molinari, Matsuyama, Kisner and Chris Stroud were tied for the lead.

Kisner, who led after each of the opening three rounds and for much of the early part of his final round, fell away late on as a one-over 72 left him four under for the tournament.

Thomas, from Kentucky, is the eighth first-time major winner in the last nine majors.

Thomas started the round on five under but he slipped to three shots behind leader Kisner with two bogeys in his opening three holes.

The world number 14 picked up birdies at seven and nine while Kisner slipped back after finding the water on the seventh.

At that point, Thomas’ playing partner Matsuyama – bidding to become Japan’s first male major champion – took the outright lead thanks to back-to-back birdies before faltering on the back nine.

Thomas’ round gained momentum on the 10th, when a birdie putt clung to the lip of the hole for 15 seconds before dropping.

“It was funny because it snuck up on the hole. We read it going left and then a bit right and it never came back right,” Thomas said.

“Once it got there I felt it would go in but it didn’t so I acted like a child and had a tantrum. Suddenly it went in and I didn’t look so dumb.”

Thomas moved two shots clear of the field on the 13th when he chipped in from the edge of the green as the crowd erupted.

He made another birdie on 17 and, despite a bogey on the last, led with one pairing left on the course.

Kisner had to eagle the 18th to force a play-off, but he found the water and double-bogeyed.

Credit: Matthew Henry

Golf Expert at the Quail Hollow

 

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