Justin Thomas is the winner of this 104th edition of the PGA Championship in Tulsa (Oklahoma). The American with 14 victories on the PGA Tour rose in the standings thanks to a very solid card of 67 (-3) this Sunday.
The 29-year-old found himself in the lead at -5 overall at the clubhouse while Mito Pereira scuttled himself. The Chilean, in command after 54 holes with a score of -9 and three points ahead of his first pursuers, never seemed able to win by removing the pressure that stuck him.
Mito Pereira was unrecognizable by not making the right choices in terms of strategy and by cracking in putting, result: a bad card of 75 with a terrible double bogey at 18 which signed the end of his dream. (3rd to -4) “I’m obviously sad. On the 18, I just wanted to put my ball in play, but it went too far to the right… It’s not how I wanted to end this week, but it’s still a good result. It’s true that I was a little nervous. I tried to manage this last lap as well as possible but it was hard. I really thought I was going to win at 18, but that’s the way it is. I just hope to have other opportunities. »
A situation that benefited Will Zatoris and Cameron Young who were able to believe in victory again. Young, with a card of 71 was not far from remembering at -5 but his double at 16 prevented him. For his part, Will Zalator is a hit and despite a card above par this Sunday (71). The young American managed to get a play-off by keeping his nerves strong, bogey at 16 followed by birdie then by to conclude in -5 in total. Enough to play a decisive play-off against his compatriot Justin Thomas.
A duel between Americans
It was therefore with a play-off that the 2022 USPGA champion was to be designated, the first since 2011. Justin Thomas, who remained in three out of five victorious play-offs (2017, 2018 and 2020), had the advantage of experience and quickly makes a difference. After a split on par 5 of 13 with a birdie on each side, Thomas managed to score a new birdie on par 4 of 17 when Zalatoris could only make par. The difference was made. Despite a very good face-off on the 18th, Zalatoris had to make a complicated birdie while Thomas had ensured par.
This is the second Major victory for Justin Thomas, son 2nd USPGA five years later. “I think the experience of this kind of meeting played a big part in the last holes. I played really well on the nine holes of the return (three birdies at holes 11, 12 and 17). The putter worked well today and when I had to save pars it went well. This is also how you win a Major. I kept telling myself that I had already done it. Even though it was five years ago. This kind of cue helps. »