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Thomas wins 2nd PGA title in playoff after 7-shot rally – New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana 2022-05-22 23:22:00 –

Justin Thomas didn’t pay attention to the score, but on his own Sunday at the PGA Championship he knew he was seven shots behind, but on the Southern Hills course where something could happen. There were only six players in front of him. The chaotic last hour of the moment of pressure, the clutch putt, and Mito Pereira’s unimaginable heartache all unfolded. Thomas hit the shank on the 6th hole. He made a 65-foot birdie putt and started a record comeback. He missed a 10-foot birdie putt on the last hole, fearing he might be sacrificed. He didn’t lead until one hole remained in the three-hole playoffs with Will Zaratris. When Thomas tapped Par to win another PGA Championship title, he stood upright on the 18th green with a mixture of joy and distrust. At the beginning of the week, I asked which leads were safe and I said “no leads,” Thomas said. “I can’t believe I played in the playoffs.” Thomas closed with a 3-under 67, and 27-year-old Chilean Pereira was enough for the playoffs in the first PGA Championship. All day, he boarded the creek, double bogey on the 18th hole, and finished one shot late. This was the first time Phil Mickelson had given a one-shot lead in the final at the 2006 US Open Wingedfoot. A hole for losing a tape measure. “It’s sad to hit it in the water,” Pereira said. “That is, I want to do it again.” Like his first PGA title at Quail Hollow in 2017, Thomas’ signature shot took place on the 17th hole. It was the second hole in the total playoffs. He drilled 3 woods from a 301 yard par 4 to 35 feet for the day’s first lead, a 2 putt birdie. He put him in the playoffs at 71 and couldn’t deliver overtime. The 8-foot birdie putt on the 17th of the playoffs failed and was unable to catch Thomas at the end. Zaratris seemed to abandon his chances of winning the first major and first PGA Tour with three putts. From just outside 20 feet on the 16th hole. However, he responded with a birdie from the bunker on the 17th and holed an 8-foot par putt at 71 on the 18th. He joined Thomas with a 5-under 275 and played when Pereira was depressed. A few months after his last victory at The Players Championship last year, he has won the PGA Tour in each of the last eight years, finishing fifth in the world. I’ve won a major before him. Thomas knew it. He suffered the longest drought since his first PGA Tour title. He knew that too. “I remember how hard it is to win now, so I thought I would be nervous and they would feel exactly the same,” said Thomas. “I don’t know what will happen.” John Mahaffey of the PGA Championship in Oakmont in 1978 was another player who came from a seven-shot difference on the final day. He also won the playoffs with Tom Watson and Jerry Pate. Thomas was still seven shots behind when he showed a remarkable run, moving Keybirdy and Miss away from the card. From the front of the green to the 11th back pin of par 3, start from an impossible birdie putt. He approached with an 18-foot birdie on the next hole. He was lurking and the first pack behind him was leaking oil. Zaratris and Cameron Young each caught Pereira in a short amount of time. Pereira became Chile’s first major champion and was trying to give South America a grand slam career. Even after five bogies, he never lost the lead and offered a clutch par. Save from the bunker on the left side of the 9th green and well behind the 10th green. It was bigger than the 12-foot putt on the 16th and couldn’t go one shot ahead, but one swing brought it all back. The sewing offswing with the driver was very effective in the front hole, peeling to the right and entering the creek. Go down the right side of the 18th fairway. After the penalty drop, his approach up the hill started to the left, never cut back and landed roughly. His chips rolled off the back edge of the green. His double bogey gave him 75 and was unlucky for such a promising week. “On Monday I just wanted to cut. On Sunday I wanted to win.” Pereira said, “I’m going to learn this for the future.” Young, whose father is a longtime PGA pro, also Look back on the chances you missed. Young, who was playing with former Wakeforest roommate Zaratris, participated in the mix all day and was temporarily taken the lead. His hope ended on the 16th when he found a bunker to the right of the green, was blown weakly to 30 feet and put three double bogeys. He finished at 71. Rory McIlroy made a short run with four straight birdies in the front nine and a four under par in the tournament. It was the first time in the eight Southern Hills majors that players had gathered from any margin to win, and the second in the playoffs. Retief Goosen won another after putting 12 feet to 3 putts on the last hole at the 2001 US Open. Unlike Pereira, at least he got another chance. Six of the seven major champions in Southern Hills are inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. 29-year-old Thomas has won two majors on his 15 career PGA Tour and is definitely heading there one day.

Justin Thomas wasn’t paying attention to the score except on his own Sunday at the PGA Championship. He was seven shots behind, but only six players were in front of him on the Southern Hills course.

He couldn’t dream of how it would be done, the chaotic last hour of the moment of pressure, the clutch putt, and the unimaginable heartache of Mito HollyHock.

Thomas hit the shank on the 6th hole. He made a 65-foot birdie putt and started a record comeback. He missed a 10-foot birdie putt on the last hole, fearing he might be sacrificed. In the three-hole playoffs with Will Zaratris, he didn’t lead until one hole remained.

And when Thomas tapped Par to win another PGA Championship title, he stood upright on the 18th green with a mix of joy and distrust.

“At the beginning of the week, I was asked which lead was safe and said’no lead’,” said Thomas. “I can’t believe I played in the playoffs.”

Thomas turned out to be enough for the playoffs with a 3-under 67. Pereira was 27 years old from Chile in the first PGA Championship and never followed the trail all day long. A hole that finishes one shot late.

It was the first time Phil Mickelson had given a one-shot lead in the last hole to lose a major at the 2006 US Open Winged Foot.

“It’s sad to hit the water,” Pereira said. “In other words, I wish I could do it again.”

Like his first PGA title at Quail Hollow in 2017, Thomas’ signature shot took place on the 17th hole. It was the second hole in the total playoffs. He drilled three woods from a 301-yard par 4 to 35 feet for the day’s first lead, a two-putt birdie.

Zaratris, who had to make eight footers for birdies and pars in the last two holes of the regulation, took him to the playoffs at 71, but couldn’t deliver due to overtime. His 8-foot birdie putt on the 17th of the playoffs missed and was unable to catch Thomas at the end.

Zalatoris seemed to abandon his chances of winning the first major and first PGA Tour when he three-putted from just outside 20 feet on the 16th hole. However, he responded with a birdie from the bunker on the 17th and holed an 8-foot par putt 71 on the 18th.

He joined Thomas with a 5-under 275 and they played when Pereira was frustrated.

Fourteen months after his last victory at The Players Championship last year, Thomas has won the PGA Tour in each of the last eight years, finishing fifth in the world.

His second major came when he wasn’t expecting it the most.

None of the six players in front of him have beaten the majors. Thomas knew it. He suffered the longest drought since his first PGA Tour title. He knew that too.

“I remember how hard it was to win now, so I thought I would be nervous and I thought they would feel exactly the same,” said Thomas. “I just don’t know what will happen.”

John Mahoffy of the PGA Championship in Oakmont in 1978 was another player who came seven shots late on the final day. He also won the playoffs with Tom Watson and Jerry Pate.

Thomas was still seven shots behind when he mixed key birdies and mistakes into the card and showed a remarkable run. From the front of the green to the 11th back pin of par 3, start from an impossible birdie putt. He approached with an 18-foot birdie on the next hole.

He was lurking while the first puck behind him was leaking oil.

Zalatoris and Cameron Young each captured Pereira. All of them found trouble in rough, sand and green.

Pereira became Chile’s first major champion and was trying to give South America a Grand Slam career.

Even after five bogies, he did not lose the lead and offered a clutch par save from the bunker on the left side of the 9th green and well behind the 10th green. It was bigger than the 12-foot putt on the 16th and couldn’t go one shot ahead.

It was all undone in one swing.

His sawed swing with the driver was very effective in the front hole, peeling to the right and flowing into the stream to the right of the 18th fairway. After the penalty drop, his approach up the hill started to the left, never cut back and landed roughly. His chips rolled off the back edge of the green.

His double bogey gave him 75 and was unlucky for such a promising week.

“On Monday I just wanted to make a cut. On Sunday I wanted to win,” Pereira said. “I will bring this to learn for the future.”

Young, whose father is a longtime PGA pro, also looks back on the opportunities he missed. Young, who was playing with former Wakeforest roommate Zaratris, participated in the mix all day and was temporarily taken the lead. His hope ended on the 16th when he found a bunker to the right of the green, was blown weakly to 30 feet and put three double bogeys. He closed at 71.

Rory McIlroy made a short run with four straight birdies in the front nine and was four under par in the tournament. He was two years old on the rest of the road and finished in eighth place.

In the eight Southern Hills majors, it was the first time players had gathered from any margin to win and the second playoff. Retief Goosen won another after putting 12 feet to 3 putts on the last hole at the 2001 US Open. Unlike Pereira, at least he got another chance.

Six of the seven major champions in Southern Hills so far have been inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. 29-year-old Thomas has won two majors on his 15 career PGA Tour and is definitely heading there one day.

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