Mito Pereira: "It's hard to end a week like this"



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Mito Pereira: "It's hard to end a week like this"

"It's hard to end such a good week like this. On Monday I didn't know if I was going to make the cut and on Sunday I had the chance to win. I'm going to take this as a lesson for the future. It was weird, it's hard and difficult, but it's what there is", assured Guillermo 'Mito' Pereira (27 years old) who saw how his four-meter birdie putt in the 17th did not enter by millimeters, which would surely have changed history, and even so he arrived with the certainty that the par at 18 gave him the PGA Championship, the first in the history of Chile.

Joaquín Niemann's tears at the final hole waiting to celebrate with his friend were those of the entire Andean country.

Mito Pereira, statements

Southern Hills, the green tapestry of Oklahoma, ended many dreams during the 104th edition of the now second major of the year but had the final nightmare in store for the player from Pirque.

The exit to the water in the final hole fell like a blow in Pereira that ended up signing a double bogey that also left him out of the tiebreaker that ended up being won by the American Justin Thomas, the second major of his career, against his compatriot Will Zalatoris.

The former number one (he led for six weeks) began the final run seven shots behind the Chilean and staged the second biggest comeback in the history of the tournament (after Lawrie's ten shots in 1999 and matching Mahaffey's seven in 1978) to reissue the title and adding it to 2017.

Two birdies and a par, including a magical tee off the 17th included, were enough to put an end to the resistance of the willful Zalatoris who also lost a great opportunity by signing a +1 in the final round. Tying with the field would also have earned him to release his PGA Tour record.
Pereira stoically endured the outcome and did not decline to do a single interview with the media that requested it in Tulsa, in addition to attending to all the fans who asked for autographs or photos.

"It was okay, it was kind of weird. The tee shot wasn't a good shot, but I didn't think I was going to hit the water. I guess when you have so much pressure on your body, maybe you don't even know what you're doing."

Mito explained keeping his composure and before adding: "I didn't play well today. I needed to have putted a few more putts to win, the one on 17 fell just short..." . The only consolation for the one who was 5th in the amateur world is that he is already 49th in the ranking and that ensures him to participate in the two majors that remain in 2022: the US Open (June 16-19) and the British Open (June 14-17). of July).