The PGA Championship seems to always deliver thrills on Sunday during the final hours of the battle for the Wanamaker Trophy, and even though Quail Hollow was a first-time host, the conclusion of Justin Thomas’ win had all the excitement we’ve come to expect from this tournament.
At one point as many as five held a share of the lead on Sunday afternoon, but 24-year-old Justin Thomas got it done with gamesmanship and sauce that brought the gallery to their feet at nearly every turn.
That championship started sliding its way into Thomas’ favor on the par-5 10th hole. First, Thomas’ tee shot got a lucky bounce off the trees on the left. The ball landed back in the fairway, and after missing the green on his approach shot Thomas chipped to 10 feet and stared down a birdie opportunity. The birdie putt appeared to miss to the left, sitting on the lip of the cup for 12 seconds before finally tumbling in and providing the energy boost that JT would ride all the way to his first major win.
Justin spoke to CBS Sports after the win saying he needed to have patience and that he “had a great opportunity to win today.”
“I felt like I had the game to get it done, just a matter of if I did or not,” Thomas said.
The PGA has been part of the Thomas family for three generations. Paul Thomas, his grandfather, was the longtime pro at Zanesville Country Club in Ohio who played in the 1962 U.S. Open. His father played at Morehead State and had aspirations of playing the tour that didn’t last long. Instead, Mike Thomas became a club pro who watched his son fall in love with the game and grow into a force on the PGA Tour.
“I can’t put it into words,” Thomas said about his PGA of America heritage. “I wish my grandpa could be here for it. It’s so special to get it done. I’ve glad we have a trophy now.”