Justin Thomas emerged from a group of contenders to win the PGA Championship by two shots. Thomas closed like a thoroughbred, shooting a final round 68 that included a back nine 34. Fueling the win was long drives, precise iron shots and a red hot putter. Thomas finished inside the top 23 of every strokes gained category, led by a 4th in SG: Putting. Full scores
The win is an exclamation point on Thomas' breakout season, which includes four wins and a laundry list of accomplishments.
- The youngest player to ever shoot 59
- Set the PGA Tour's 72 hole scoring record
- Shot the lowest score to par in major championship history (-9 at the U.S. Open)
It seems that the sun comes out after it storms for Thomas. Last year, he was gutted after missing out on the Ryder Cup and backed it up with 3 early season wins. Just a few weeks ago, Thomas went through a disappointing Sunday at the U.S. Open after playing himself into the final group. This time around, Thomas thrived in the pressure of a major championship.
Close but no cigar
Tied for second was the trio of Louis Oosthuizen, Patrick Reed and Francesco Molinari. For the Mattress King (Oosthuizen), it’s the coronation of his career grand slam of placing runner-up in majors. Oosthuizen has now finished 2nd in every major he’s competed in. He was a good sport and poked fun at himself after the tournament. How can you not be a fan of Louis!
Mr. Top 5, Patrick Reed, recorded his first-ever top 10 finish in a major. Reed has had a disappointing year thus far, but his major performance has been an improvement.
The veteran Italian, Molinari, fell a little short of the win but settled for his best major championship finish. Sunday’s bogey on the gettable par-5 10th will probably stick with him for awhile.
Two big names
Hideki Matsuyama and Rickie Fowler finished in a tie for 5th and will have to wait until next year for another chance to slay the major championship dragon. Matsuyama lacked the precision on the weekend that we saw early in the week and his scores of 73-72 reflected it. Despite a poor weekend showing, the Japanese star now has seven top 10 finishes in 21 major championships.
Rickie Fowler finished 3 shots back of Justin Thomas after a strong closing 67. Golf is a game of the slimmest margins, and one can't help but think back to Fowler’s triple bogey 7 in the first round. After hitting it into a deep fairway bunker, Fowler got a little two aggressive and caught the lip. If only he played safe and short, giving his short game a chance...
Quail Hollow seems to lack strategic holes that many of the great championship courses possess. I took a deep dive into the 18th hole at Quail and how it could be improved. Read about it here.
Ian Poulter lit up a rules official and social media after getting a less-than-stellar ruling.
Jon Rahm hit a marvelous backhanded shot on the 18th hole.
The backdoor king, Matt Kuchar, is back in his comfort zone after contending at Royal Birkdale. Kuchar fired a final round 68 to rack up a t9th finish.
Following a final round 68 that moved him into a tie for 22nd, Rory McIlroy revealed he might sit the rest of 2017 out to rest his nagging rib injury.
The blimp was back on Sunday, flying noticeably higher after receiving criticism during Saturday’s round. I felt justified until the blimp taunted me.
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In Springfield, MO
Ben Silverman won the Web.com Tour's Price Cutter Charity Classic to move from 63rd to 16th on the money list. Silverman fired a final round 67 to nip Talor Gooch by one shot. The 2nd place finish moved Gooch inside the top 25 of the money list to 20th.
Some other big movers included Tom Lovelady, Nick Thompson and Justin Hueber. Thompson and Lovelady both moved to the fringe at 27th and 29th respectively. Hueber moved to 61st with his t13th finish, safely inside the top 75 who earn a spot in the Web.com Tour finals. With only two weeks remaining in the regular season, things are getting interesting on the bubble.
The National Amateur
The U.S. Amateur kicks off today at Riviera and Bel-Air. Follow live scoring here.
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