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Chile’s Pereira 6. A missed opportunity in PGA history with the conclusion of

TULSA, Okla. ( Associated Press) — Cheers reverberated in the Andes.

They were silenced by the splash of a small white ball in a shady creek half a world away.

Mito Pereira’s foul tee shot on the final hole of regulation at the PGA Championship on Sunday in Southern Hills sent the Tour rookie to a double-bogie 6, erasing his one-stroke lead and knocking him out of the playoffs.

When Pereira’s bogey putt slipped across the hole, Chile’s first major championship was lost. So did a career Grand Slam for South America. Justin Thomas defeated Will Zalatoris in a three-hole playoff to claim the Wanamaker Trophy.

“Today I was very nervous. I tried to handle it a bit but it is really tough,” Pereira said. “I thought I was going to win at 18, but it is what it is. We’ll have another one.”

The pressure was building. At the start of the final round, Perera took a three-stroke lead. After his fourth bogey of the day, he leveled for the lead with six holes to play. But he birdied in the 13th hole of par 5 and still led by a stroke, he put a 13-foot birdie put at number 17.

The putt was tracking towards the hole but stopped at the edge of the cup.

Pereira tapped for the equalizer and headed to the final tee box to counter his nerves and the giant gallery led down the fairway to the green.

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