Thursday, June 30, 2022

Thomas wins second PGA title in playoffs after 7-shot rally

TULSA, Okla. ( Associated Press) — Justin Thomas didn’t notice any scores other than his Sunday at the PGA Championship, knowing he was seven shots behind but only six players ahead of him on the Southern Hills course, where nothing could have been done. ,

He would never have dreamed how it all happened, a chaotic final hour of moments of pressure, clutch putts and unimaginable heartache for Mito Pereira.

Thomas hit a leg on the sixth hole. He made a 65-foot birdie putt that began his record-tying comeback. He missed a 10-foot birdie put on the final hole, which he feared would cost him. He did not lead until his three-hole aggregate with Will Zalatoris had a hole in the playoffs.

And when Thomas tapped the draw to capture another PGA Championship title, he stood on the 18th green with a mixture of delight and disbelief.

“I was asked at the beginning of the week which lead is safe and I said, ‘No lead,'” Thomas said. “I can’t believe I found myself in the playoffs.”

Thomas finished with a 3-under 67 that turned out to be enough for a playoff when the 27-year-old Pereira of Chile, in his first PGA Championship, who was never behind all day, went into a creek and made a double bogey on Day 18 . Hole to finish a shot behind.

It was the first time since Phil Mickelson on the winged foot at the 2006 US Open that a player had lost a major by giving a shot lead on the final hole.

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