US PGA Championship 2017: Justin Thomas claims maiden main title with two-shot victory at Quail Hole


Jordan Spieth missed out on changing into the youngest winner of a profession grand slam however nonetheless had purpose to rejoice as his good buddy Justin Thomas claimed a primary main title within the US PGA Championship.

Thomas carded a closing 68 in a pulsating last spherical at Quail Hole to complete eight below par, two pictures forward of Patrick Reed, Louis Oosthuizen and Francesco Molinari.

Rickie Fowler and Hideki Matsuyama shared fifth place on 5 below with Kevin Kisner, who wanted to eagle the 18th to power a play-off however ran up a double bogey, dropping again right into a tie for seventh with Graham DeLaet.

England’s Jordan Smith, taking part in in his first main championship, carded a closing 68 to complete a tie for ninth with Open runner-up Matt Kuchar and former world primary Jason Day.

Spieth and Fowler had been ready beside the 18th inexperienced to embrace Thomas earlier than he signed his card to say the primary prize of 1.89million US (£1.4million) for his fourth win of a exceptional season.

The 24-year-old, who turned the youngest participant to shoot 59 on the PGA Tour on his approach to successful back-to-back occasions in Hawaii in January, started the ultimate spherical two pictures off the lead held by compatriot Kisner.

And his possibilities of following Open champion Spieth as a significant champion took an instantaneous blow when he thinned a bunker shot on the primary throughout the inexperienced and into one other bunker.

After bouncing again instantly with a birdie on the following, Thomas dropped one other shot on the third earlier than getting again on observe with birdies on the seventh and ninth. 

One other birdie didn’t look on the playing cards as Thomas hooked his drive on the par-five 10th, however the ball bounced off the timber and again into the golf green, from the place he was virtually capable of finding the inexperienced.

After chipping to eight ft Thomas noticed his birdie putt grasp on the sting of the outlet for almost 10 seconds earlier than it will definitely dropped in and took him right into a five-way tie for the lead.

That tie lasted only a few minutes as Matsuyama, Kisner, Chris Stroud and Molinari all dropped pictures, with Thomas then chipping in for birdie on the 13th to maneuver two pictures clear.

Thomas noticed his two-shot lead reduce in half as first Reed, then Matsuyama and Kisner, all picked up pictures on the 14th and 15th to succeed in seven below par.

However Reed might solely bogey the 18th after discovering sand off the tee and Thomas holed from 15 ft on the 17th to extend his lead, earlier than Matsuyama and Kisner each bogeyed the 16th.

That meant Thomas might afford to bogey the final and go away Kisner to attempt to play the final two holes in two below par, just for the 33-year-old to tug his strategy to the final into the creek which runs the size of the outlet and double bogey.

Fittingly in a event which invitations 20 membership professionals to compete, each Thomas’s father Mike and his grandfather Paul had been PGA professionals.

“I really can’t put it into words,” Thomas mentioned. “I want my grandpa may very well be right here to see it. It is so particular to get it executed with three generations of PGA members.

“The putt on 10 was funny because it snuck up on the hole. We read it going back a little back right and it never did. I kind of acted like a child and threw a little tantrum, but then it went in and I didn’t look so dumb.”

Thomas went into the ultimate day of the US Open in June only a shot off the lead after setting a event report for lowest rating in relation to par with a nine-under 63 within the third spherical.

However he might solely end ninth after a closing 75 and mentioned that have performed a big half in his victory at Quail Hole.

“I felt like at the US Open, although Brooks (Koepka) had an unbelievable round, I needed to be more patient to have a better finish,” Thomas mentioned. “I felt like I had the game to get it done.”