Thomas Defeats Zalatoris in Playoffs to Win US PGA Championship


-5 J Thomas (USA), W Zalatoris; -4 M Pereira (Chi); -three T Fleetwood (English), M Fitzpatrick (English), C Kirk (USA); -2 R McIlroy (NI)
Selected Guitar: Level J Rose (English), T Hatton (English); +2 S Lowry; +3 B Watson (USA); +4 J Spieth (USA);

USA’s Justin Thomas delivered a stunning counter-attack before defeating Will Zalatoris in the playoffs to win the US PGA Championship in the Southern Hills.

Thomas was 7 shots behind early in the day, but set his clubhouse target to 5 under par with a 3-under 67.

Chile’s Mito Pereira tried to win her first major, but double-bogeed after hitting a tee shot in the 18th and finishing 4 under.

England’s Matt Fitzpatrick, 73, and Tommy Fleetwood, 67, finished 3-under.

Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, who took first place after the opening ceremony, finished eighth with a 2-under 68 in Oklahoma.

Thomas shot a 1-over par on the 6th hole on Sunday, but caught 4 birdies in the last 10 to take him to the top of the leaderboard. Zalatoris also finished 5 under and took advantage of Pereira’s surrender.

However, the 9th in the world, who won the 3-hole penalty shootout, made a decisive birdie on the 17th after winning this tournament in 2017 as well and won the second major event.

Pereira’s dream is shattered

The nerve-wracking moments that would define Pereira’s early career came on the 17th green and 18th tee.

The last two-shot lead birdie putt came just a few centimeters before his drive and found water minutes later, ultimately shattering the world’s 100-man hopes of becoming Chile’s first champion. major title.

As his ball landed in the creek, Zalatoris made a daring par putt with Thomas to get a five-under, and the former champ immediately headed to the driving range to prepare for the playoffs.

Pereira finished 13th at the Texas Open last month before kicking off the event with the best finish of 2022 on the PGA Tour Feeder Tour last summer. However, he started the day by three strokes ahead of Fitzpatrick in his second major. start.

Also relatively new, Zalatoris, who is currently in the top 10 in five out of eight majors, swept it all the way to the sixth tee, but only saw a tricky par-3 under odd circumstances.

The wrong tee shot resulted in a 15-minute discussion with the rules officials about where to drop the ball, but it produced a great up and down on the cart path.

From there, with Cameron Young briefly joining the lead, and Pereira standing right in front of him, it became a challenge for the leaders, despite Thomas appearing on the horizon thanks to a look-alike back-nine.

By the 18th, Pereira’s problems led to a double bogey 6 and were eliminated from the playoffs, leaving Zalatoris and Thomas out of three holes.

Both caught birdie on the par 5 13th before Thomas drove the green on the 302-yard 17th hole and won their second Wanamaker trophy on the par on the 18th hole after Zalatoris threw a two putt for a birdie that couldn’t catch up. Took the nerve to acquire.

Fitzpatrick fails to build a foundation

Fitzpatrick started the day in the final match with the real hope that he could be the first Englishman to win a championship since Jim Barnes in 1919.

Although the 27-year-old bogeyed on the opening hole and canceled it with a birdie on the 4th hole, he put all his energy into dropping more shots on the 6th, 10th and 11th holes.

As the leading players struggled, Fitzpatrick doubled the lead again with a big birdie on the 15th hole. The 17-year-old bogey just blocked the opportunity as the Yorkshireman took three. – Scored 73 or more to 3-under par in the tournament.

Compatriot Fleetwood also finished 3-under and McIlroy was one step behind but left the Southern Hills in a very different mood.

The Northern Irishman broke his trend of a slow start in recent majors and finished the first round by one shot, but the damage to the four-time major was followed by a 71 one-over and 74 74 on Friday. Saturday.

When McIlroy started Sunday’s round with two to four birdies in a row, it looked like they were in competition again, but the run ended with bogeys on the par-3 6th and 33rd holes 24 hours earlier, throwing double bogeys. – Missed another birdie at 2-under 68.

Meanwhile, Fleetwood made seven birdies out of 67 on the last day, taking an astonishing fifth place in possession, including four straight bogeys.

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