Justin Thomas: "Pga, I am happy and proud"



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Justin Thomas: "Pga, I am happy and proud"

Five years after the first time, the American Justin Thomas (67 67 74 67) returns to win the PGA Championship in the USA by surpassing with a par, on the third hole of the play-off, his compatriot Will Zalatoris (66 65 73 71), second with mockery.

Both have closed the 72 regular holes with a total of 275 (-5) strokes but, in the play-off, Thomas won and, thanks to this affirmation, thus passed from ninth to fifth position in the world ranking. In Tulsa, Oklahoma, disappointing tournament for Francesco Molinari, only 55 / o with 288 (70 72 75 71, +8).

Justin Thomas, statements

"I am happy and proud. It was a strange tournament with an incredible ending. Now I want to enjoy this special joy", Thomas' satisfaction. Few of them gave him a real chance of winning at the start of the day.

Yet, if there is one man, only one, who never gives up in the majors, it is Justin Thomas. It is his second career PGA Championship, five years after the first time: his success in Tulsa brings him to number 5 in the world rankings.

And how: seventh at the start of the fourth lap, he comes back slowly, regularly, arriving at -3 and then waiting. In that wait, everything happens: Mito Pereira, the Chilean who risks a rare feat (Major without having won on the PGA Tour yet), in the lead with -9 on the tee shot of the 1, yes something is wrong, but always remains in front, without ever giving up.

Until the putt of 17. It could have been the decisive blow, it's not. And at 18 he sends the first shot into the water, finds a great third (given the penalty), but with the fourth, from off the green, he fails the approach and ends up on the other side.

The desperate crack attempt ends short, and his tears of desperation are not consolable even with the third place finish together with the other USA Cameron Young and with the entry into the top 50. In this chaos, the one who emerges is Will Zalatoris, who manages to reach the three-hole playoff playoff with “JT”.

The latter, however, simply goes to another planet at 17, with a totally decisive birdie. And to say that his opponent does not make any particular mistakes: there is simply a stronger player who proves to be so with the 276 previous hits.