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Justin Thomas wins his second PGA Championship after beating Will Zalatoris in a three-hole play-off

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Justin Thomas wins his second PGA Championship after beating Will Zalatoris in a three-hole play-off

Justin Thomas wins his second PGA Championship after beating Will Zalatoris in a three-hole play-off

PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas has described Tiger Woods making the lower at this yr’s majors as “past absurd”, however says his shut good friend will “discover one thing to present me grief about” regardless of his victory.

Woods, who was making simply his second look since struggling career-threatening leg accidents in a February 2021 automobile crash, produced a usually gritty efficiency on Friday to make the lower at Southern Hills, as he had finished at The Masters final month.

The 15-time main champion would finally withdraw earlier than the ultimate spherical after taking pictures a nine-over par 79 on Saturday, however Thomas, who beat fellow American Will Zalatoris in a play-off to assert the title, insisted Woods’ efficiency was one which needs to be celebrated.

Requested what it was wish to see Woods’ wrestle, Thomas replied: “I would not say how robust it was to see him wrestle. I imply, he made the lower in his second main in a row, what, a yr and a half after being in a grotesque automobile accident, [with a] damaged leg?

“I do not assume you guys perceive how unbelievable that’s. He is a freak of nature. It is mind-blowing the issues that he can do along with his thoughts.

Tiger Woods made a par on the 18th to finish on a high after a difficult day at Southern Hills

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Tiger Woods made a par on the 18th to complete on a excessive after a tough day at Southern Hills

Tiger Woods made a par on the 18th to complete on a excessive after a tough day at Southern Hills

“I did not play throughout his prime, however from the occasions I have been out right here – him successful the Masters in 2019 and successful the TOUR Championship, him making the lower these final two tournaments – for the way a few of the situations he was in final yr, it is absurd, like past absurd.”

Thomas reveals Tiger jibe over Saturday efficiency

Talking to the media on Sunday evening after his victory, Thomas appeared to point he had not but spoken to Woods, however revealed that the 46-year-old had nonetheless managed to poke enjoyable at him on Saturday after the eventual champion shot a 74 that had appeared to take him out of rivalry.

“I talked to him a little bit final evening and requested how he was feeling,” Thomas stated. “And he simply stated he was feeling horrible as a result of my title stored dropping on the leaderboard.

The best of the action from the final round of the PGA Championship at Southern Hills

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The perfect of the motion from the ultimate spherical of the PGA Championship at Southern Hills

The perfect of the motion from the ultimate spherical of the PGA Championship at Southern Hills

“So I used to be like, ‘thanks, good to speak to you too, I will speak to you later.'”

Thomas’ win at Southern Hills noticed him comply with in Woods’ footsteps, following the latter’s 2007 PGA Championship on the similar venue. Thomas additionally joined Woods as one in every of six gamers because the Second World Battle to win 15 PGA Tour titles – together with two majors – earlier than reaching the age of 30.

Regardless of the appreciable achievement, Thomas was adamant that Woods will nonetheless discover one thing to rile him about, suggesting it is likely to be his wildly shanked tee shot on the par-three sixth, or his failure to finish the play-off by holing a birdie putt on the 18th inexperienced, regardless of par being sufficient to seal the win.

Thomas produces a monster putt from distance on the eleventh hole!

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Thomas produces a monster putt from distance on the eleventh gap!

Thomas produces a monster putt from distance on the eleventh gap!

“I feel now I solely have like 150 different issues to do this he is finished to the place he can cease giving me grief,” Thomas added. “So I assume it is only a stepping stone.

“I am certain he in all probability will give me a tough time for shanking it, [or say] I ought to have made the putt on 18 [and] should not have been in a playoff.

“I do not know, he’ll all the time discover one thing to present me grief about.”

Thomas praises caddie Mackay

Thomas praised the function of Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay in his triumph because the caddie’s absent former employer continued to loom giant at Southern Hills.

Thomas stated that Mackay, who was on the bag for 5 of Phil Mickelson’s main victories, gave him some essential recommendation when he was left disheartened by taking pictures 74 on Saturday.

Thomas says it's a special feeling to win his second major

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Thomas says it is a particular feeling to win his second main

Thomas says it is a particular feeling to win his second main

“I am absolutely assured in saying that I would not be standing right here if he did not give me that, wasn’t essentially a speech, however a chat, if you’ll,” Thomas stated.

“We had been down on the vary and simply hitting balls and actually simply speaking greater than something and he stated, ‘dude, do not be so arduous on your self. Good issues are coming, your sport is trending unbelievably, you are taking part in some actually good golf, giving your self a whole lot of probabilities and it should occur, it is only a matter of when.’ And it simply occurred to be at this time.

“I left right here in an superior state of mind and there is not very many occasions after taking pictures 4 over on Saturday of a significant I left in nearly as good a state of mind as I’ve.”

Regardless of his contribution to Mickelson’s triumphs, Mackay didn’t often get the normal caddie “trophy” to point out for it.

Thomas celebrates with his caddie Jim 'Bones' Mackay after winning the 2022 PGA Championship

Thomas celebrates along with his caddie Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay after successful the 2022 PGA Championship

As detailed within the new biography of Mickelson, which additionally comprises the explosive feedback concerning the PGA Tour and rival Saudi-backed league with which he stays linked, Mickelson would give the flag from the 18th gap to his grandfather, a former Pebble Seaside caddie.

Shortly after their break up in 2017, Mickelson did ship Mackay the flags that they had gained collectively however, in response to the biography written by Alan Shipnuck, Mickelson had “autographed them in comically giant letters” and Mackay didn’t show them in his home.

Following Sunday’s play-off, Mackay was pictured accumulating the flag at Southern Hills and was requested if he knew the place he would show it.

“I’ve obtained a spot in thoughts, however someplace that my buddies can come round and see it,” he advised Golfweek.

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