Golf history was not made Sunday at Quail Hollow, but for one family, the final round of the PGA Championship followed the flawless script. “I didn’t think it was going to take me this long but I’m glad I’m here”. The PGA Championship concludes today from Quail Hollow in Charlotte, North Carolina. “Hopefully he slows down a little bit and gives the rest of us a chance, but I still feel I’m there”.
Francesco Molinari, Patrick Reed and Louis Oosthuizen finished in a tie for second.
“You’ve got four of the last five holes with water and excitement, and I think it will be an exciting finish to the tournament if there’s a few guys up around the lead at that point”.
Further back, the hopes of championship favourite Rory McIlroy and Grand Slam seeker Jordan Spieth are hanging by a thread, 10 and 11 strokes behind respectively. But it was not to be. “You want to win any major”, Thomas said after his two-shot victory at 8-under 276.
Kevin Kisner was the last one who had a chance to catch him.
It appeared there were a handful of players who were being credited as favorites to win this past weekend.
That took the 24 year old to the turn in one under before he followed that drama immediately with a second successive birdie at the tenth.
World number three Hideki Matsuyama, trying to become the first Japanese men’s major golf champion, seized the lead in Sunday’s final round of the PGA Championship after making back-to-back birdies.
“The putt on 10 was amusing because it snuck up on the hole”, said Thomas.
On the 10, Thomas had looked on in disgust as his ball stayed on the lip. Matsuyama chipped to within 5 feet of the cup.
After going from fairway bunker to greenside bunker to greenside bunker on the first hole, Thomas rolled in a substantial putt for bogey. He did not play in the other three majors this year.
Kisner finished with a 20-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole.
He carded 72 and finished three shots behind with American Rickie Fowler (67).
All that remained was to see whether compatriot Kevin Kisner could birdie the final two holes to force a playoff.
Thomas went into the final day of the US Open in June just a shot off the lead after setting a tournament record for lowest score in relation to par with a nine-under 63 in the third round.
Thomas’ playing partner, Japanese hope Hideki Matsuyama, enjoyed an up and down day with six bogeys and five birdies to finish alongside Rickie Fowler on five under as his dream of becoming Japan’s first ever major victor never materialised.