American professional golfer Justin Thomas won his first Major at the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow on Sunday after an impressive performance which saw him take home the trophy thanks to a thrilling two-shot victory.
He becomes the eighth first-time Major winner in the last nine Major tournaments.
Thomas outlasted Francesco Molinari, Patrick Reed, and Louis Oosthuizen, all three tied for second, as he hit a three-under-par 68 to win on eight under.
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Visibly ecstatic on winning his maiden trophy, the 24-year-old was quoted by BBC Sport saying: “I can't put it into words right now. I'm glad to have a trophy now.”
He made six birdies in his round and two remarkable displays on the 10th and 13th provided the impetus for him to end on a high.
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Especially on the 10th hole, when a bizarre scenario completely took him, as well as the spectators, by surprise.
Thomas was aiming for a birdie a few feet away from the hole, and it looked like it was well on its way to sinking.
The ball rolled slowly towards the hole as the American ace closely watched along with the onlookers.
However, it clung to the lip of the hole on the left and held there for around 12 seconds before dropping amidst loud cheers and astonishment.
Thomas was lost for words and was seen fist-bumping his caddie and acknowledging the crowd after the sensational feat.
Speaking on the incident, the Kentucky born star said: “It was funny because it snuck up on the hole. We read it going left and then a bit right and it never came back right.
“Once it got there I felt it would go in but it didn't so I acted like a child and had a tantrum. Suddenly it went in and I didn't look so dumb.”
He began the round on five-under, but failed to keep pace with leader Kevin Kisner after two bogeys in his opening three holes, resulting in him being three shots behind.
Watch his ridiculous putt below.
Birdies on the seventh and ninth helped in closing the gap as Kisner found the water on the seventh.
The situation on the 10th hole gained him momentum, moving two shots clear on the 13th after chipping in from the edge of the green.
Another spectacular birdie on the 17th meant Kisner needed an eagle on the final hole, but he ended up in the water and double-bogeyed.
Thomas bogeyed on the last, but his fate was secured by then.
Winning his first title, he would undoubtedly want to continue the form in the season ahead and aim for more accolades in the years to come.
A phenomenal talent with a penchant for innovativeness, creativity, and immaculate execution, for Thomas, this is just a beginning of many more honours to follow.
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