Someone had to step up and take on Quail Hollow on Sunday to win the PGA Championship.
That someone turned out to be Justin Thomas. Thomas made three birdies in a four-hole stretch at the turn to move within a stroke of the lead, then played smart golf as co-leaders Hideki Matsuyama and Kein Kisner fell by the wayside. Kisner, who shared or held the lead, through the first three rounds, was at even par through 10 holes, then watch it all slip away with bogeys on 11 and 12.
“That’s not going to be fun to look at,” he said of his weekend finish over the brutal closing stretch at Quail Hollow. “I thought I had to get to 10 [under] starting the day to win, and that was about right. I had every opportunity. I just didn’t finish it off.”
He fought back with birdies on 14 and 15, but a bogey on 16 and a double on 18 to wind up at 4-under. Matsuyama similarly struggled down the stretch, bogeying 16 and 18.
Thomas, so of former pro Mike Thomas, was there to congratulate his son.
“As a kid growing up, you want to win all the majors. You want to win any major,” Thomas said after his two-shot victory. “For me, the PGA definitely had a special place in my heart, and maybe a special drive. It’s just a great win for the family, and it’s a moment we’ll never forget — all of us.”
Thomas also was able to step out of the long shadow of his best friend on the tour – Jordan Spieth.