Thomas stages major fightback to win PGA Championship in playoff

His rally from 7 shots back was the biggest last round return at the occasion

Justin Thomas topped a spectacular return by defeating Will certainly Zalatoris in a three-hole playoff to win the PGA Champion on Sunday after Chile’s Mito Pereira blew a one-shot lead on the last opening.

The playoff finished a day of vibrating dramatization at Southern Hills Nation Club that saw Thomas phase among the best fightbacks in majors background as well as Pereira endure among one of the most disastrous collapses.

7 back at the beginning of the last round, Thomas confiscated his opportunity in the playoff to secure the Wanamaker prize with a tap-in the same level on the 18th to defeat Zalatoris by one.

It was a 2nd significant success for Thomas, that likewise won the PGA Champion in 2017.

” I had a fellow feeling,” stated Thomas. “Although I was up until now back there had not been that several men in advance of me, as well as it’s an extremely difficult fairway as well as anything can take place.”

Thomas’s rally from 7 shots back was the biggest last round return at the PGA Champion as well as it absolutely excited his friend Tiger Woods, that likewise understands something concerning returns.

The 15-time significant champion, that took out from the event on Saturday after carding a nine-over 79, provided “Huge congrats” to Thomas on social media sites.

” He maintained himself in this champion up until the actual end as well as as soon as he obtained his shot he really did not recall,” stated Woods, that was playing his 2nd occasion after an auto accident 15 months ago almost price him his appropriate leg.

Thomas, apparently out of opinion at the beginning of the last round, dropped even more behind with a bogey at the 3rd to rest 8 behind the leader.

However the globe number 9 would certainly go down just one fired the remainder of the method while phoning 5 birdies for a 3 under-67.

Zalatoris, with a birdie at 18, signed up with Thomas at five-under 275 as well as with their job done pulled back to enjoy Pereira, the leader by one, play the last opening.


Pereira had actually endured harsh warmth, penalizing winds, rainfall as well as cool yet on Sunday the stress of a significant was his ruin.

Playing in simply his 2nd significant the 27-year-old Chilean, that had actually presented nerves of steel the whole week, ultimately broken at the 18th, sending his tee shot skidding right into the creek safeguarding the eco-friendly.

The rattled Chilean would certainly take a double-bogey, leaving Thomas as well as Zalatoris to combat for the prize.

” Today I was actually worried,” confessed Pereira. “I attempted to manage it a bit yet it’s actually difficult.

” I assumed I was mosting likely to win on 18, yet it is what it is. We’ll have an additional one.”

Beginning the last round with a three-shot benefit over Zalatoris as well as Britain’s Matt Fitzpatrick, Pereira regulated his nerves for much of the day.

Zalatoris, on the front 9, as well as Cameron Youthful, on the back, signed up with Pereira on top of the leaderboard yet each time the Chilean pressed back promptly to take back the lead.

However he had no feedback after his tee shot on 18, completed with a five-over 75 as well as connected for 3rd with Youthful.

Fitzpatrick, Tommy Fleetwood as well as Chris Kirk were a shot even more back on three-under 277.

” You intend to win a golf event,” stated Thomas. “You do not desire a person to shed it.

” I have actually had times in my job when I seem like I have actually allow a competition escape. As well as I imply, it’s harsh. It’s not enjoyable.

” I recognize that in the future, whether it’s this year or years ahead, if he’s depending on 18 with a one-shot lead in a significant, he’s mosting likely to really feel even more comfy due to the fact that he’s mosting likely to downside on this experience.”

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