Quail Hollow has a new trick-shot master.
Rory McIlroy bounced his fourth shot on the par-5 10th hole up a cement cart path and, via a bunker, into the light rough on the far side of the green to make an unlikely par in the second round.
Louis Oosthuizen followed on day three with a contortionist’s effort on the second hole where he played from the rough whilst balancing on tree roots to find the green and save par.
Neither would have expected to only make the top three best shots of the tournament.
Creativity was in full force at the US PGA this year, but none could top this final day effort from Jon Rahm.
On the 18th hole, Rahm found himself right next to the creek after a wayward approach shot, and rather than standing in the water to play, or attempting to switch hit left-handed, he decided to play his third shot backwards!
Ridiculous though it was, he played the ball around 50 yards, and found the green quite safely.
Unfortunately, Rahm didn’t hole the subsequent putt for par, but we salute the new trick-shot king!
Watch his incredible antics below.
The final day at Quail Hollow was dominated by 24-year-old Justin Thomas, who trailed overnight leader Kevin Kisner by two shots before hitting a three-under-par 68 to win after carding eight-under for the tournament.
Francesco Molinari, Patrick Reed, and Louis Oosthuizen tied for second on six-under, the latter completing his career Grand Slam of second place finishes and celebrating by lip-syncing “I’ll Rise Up” in a video he later put on Twitter.
Of his maiden Major championship victory, an emotional Thomas said: “I can’t put it into words right now. I’m glad to have the trophy now.”
Thomas hit his own fair share of spectacular efforts in his final round, including memorable shots on the 10th and 13th holes. He finished his round having carded six birdies.
Kisner, who had led after each of the preceding rounds, flagged late on as his final round 72 left him back in joint seventh at four-under for the tournament.
Justin Thomas is the eighth first-time winner in the last nine Majors, continuing a trend of openness across golf at present.
He began his final round with two bogies in his opening three holes before picking up birdies at seven and nine as Kisner began to fall away after finding the water.
Thomas gained further momentum when finally securing a birdie on the 10th after a nervy wait whilst the putt teetered on the lip for several seconds.
He followed up with birdies on the 13th and the 17th, and in spite of a bogey on the final hole, took the clubhouse lead with just one pairing left on the course.
Kisner, requiring an eagle on the last to force a play-off, instead found the water at the last to finish with a disappointing double-bogey to end what had been a very promising three day challenge.
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