How Justin Thomas Won The 2022 PGA Championship
JUSTIN THOMAS won the 2022 PGA Championship after shooting a final day 67 to finish five under and complete a stunning come-from-behind victory.
He battled back from an eight-shot deficit to ultimately prevail in sweltering heat at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
He defeated fellow American Will Zalatoris in a three-hole playoff to claim his second PGA Championship (2017) and second major overall.
Mito Pereira was on the verge of becoming the first Chilean in history, male or female, to win a major golf championship but he fell at the very final hurdle, double bogeying on the 18th hole, leaving him one stroke behind Thomas and Zalatoris.
Thomas was the fourth straight major champion to still be in his 20s.
He said: "It was a bizarre day. This place is so tough. What lead is safe? No lead. I stayed so patient and couldn’t believe I found myself in the playoff.
“It’s very very special. Any time you win is obviously great, but getting it done in different ways teaches you a lot. It’s a great learning opportunity. I fought so hard today. I was out of it, then back in.
"I didn’t look at a leaderboard today. We were just out there playing Southern Hills on a beautiful day. I knew all the players ahead of me were great players, but they hadn’t won a major, and it’s a big moment. I know I’m very nervous, so I know they’re very nervous. All I could do was control what I can, and if it’s good enough, great, but if not, so be it. It’s so nice to hear two-time instead of one-time!”
Zalatoris said: “I’m proud of the way I fought. JT went out and got it in the playoff. I didn’t have my best stuff yesterday which was the difference in the end, but I’m gonna get one soon! I’ve been knocking at the door in these majors for a while and one’s gonna come soon! I felt the entire day I was behind the eight-ball, I had to keep fighting. I came up one short, it stings, but we’re going to get one soon.”
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