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Justin Thomas wins PGA Championship

by 13/08/2017 19:18:00 0 comments 1 Views
  • American Justin Thomas finished eight-under par for the tournament 
  • Thomas played superbly on the final day to win the PGA Championship
  • The 24-year-old from Kentucky finished two shots ahead of the chasing pack 
  • His win comes just weeks after his best friend Jordan Spieth won The Open

By Derek Lawrenson for MailOnline

Published: 18:49 EDT, 13 August 2017 | Updated: 19:18 EDT, 13 August 2017

Once Jordan Spieth couldn’t complete the career Grand Slam, there’s not much doubt the man he was rooting for to win the 99th PGA Championship was his great friend Justin Thomas.

The pair had dinner together on Saturday evening before 24-year-old Thomas went out and coolly earned his own piece of impressive silverware to go alongside the Claret Jug earned by Spieth just three weeks ago.

This is the fourth title Thomas has claimed in less than a year and confirms the American as one of the best of the bright young things now dominating the game.

Justin Thomas won his first major tournament after clinching the PGA Championship
Justin Thomas won his first major tournament after clinching the PGA Championship

Justin Thomas won his first major tournament after clinching the PGA Championship

Hailing from Muhammad Ali’s home town in Louisville, Kentucky, he became a champ himself with a final round 68 to win by two strokes from Italian Francesco Molinari, American Patrick Reed, and South African Louis Oosthuizen.

Thomas had been there at Birkdale to acclaim Spieth and now it was the Texan and Rickie Fowler, who finished tied fifth with Hideki Matsuyama from Japan, returning the compliment beside the 18th green. ‘This is just awesome, bro,’ said a beaming Spieth.

Thomas, the son of a PGA pro, attended this event as a seven year old and was thrilled to grab Jack Nicklaus’s autograph. Now he’s got his name alongside the great man’s on the Wanamaker Trophy.

The lead changed hands on numerous occasions during an exciting afternoon’s play. Matsuyama had led but showed the pressure he is under to become the first man from Japan to win a major by not mustering a single par on the back nine. Fowler’s wait goes on as well, while third round leader Kevin Kisner collapsed late on.

For three days there wasn’t a lot to shout about concerning the British challenge but Jordan Smith and Paul Casey brought reason to cheer. Smith was playing in his first major and only got into this event two weeks ago following his breakthrough victory in the European Open in Germany. The 24 year old revelled in the experience and finished with a final round 68 for a fabulous top ten. ‘The whole week has been of the pinch me variety and that certainly continued today,’ said the 24 year old from Bath.

As for Casey, who shot 71 to finish inside the top 15, he indicated he’s ready to end his three year exile and rejoin the European Tour. The Arizona-based Englishman was badly missed at last year’s Ryder Cup at Hazeltine and would certainly be an asset in Paris next year on present form. 

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