Tulsa, Oklahoma – Justin Thomas, 7-strokes back at the start of Sunday’s final round, rallied – firing a 67 in regulation to reach a playoff with Will Zalatoris and winning his second major title at the PGA Championship. The margin tied the record for the biggest come from behind triumph in PGA Championship history, (John Mahaffey at Oakmont 1978). JT’s shot-making ability was the difference, he was able to work the ball around Perry Maxwell’s 1936 gem like few others. And in the playoff, he played the three holes, thirteen, seventeen, and eighteen at Southern Hills in two under par to defeat Zalatoris .
“I felt like I probably needed to get it to six or seven, start of the day,” Thomas said about his plan on Sunday. “Although I was so far back, there wasn’t that many guys ahead of me, and it’s a very tough golf course and anything could happen.”
54-hole leader Mito Pereira, stood on the tee at the last at -6, but an errant drive into the creek was his undoing. Pereira double-bogeyed the 72nd hole to shoot 75 and finish at 4 under par to miss the playoff by a single stroke.
With 15 PGA Tour wins and two major victories, Justin Thomas seems to be a shoe-in for the World Golf Hall of Fame in the future.