Justin Thomas won the PGA Champonship from Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Sunday. For Thomas, it becomes the first Major win of his career.
His previous best finish at a Major came earlier this season when he finished tied for ninth at the U.S. Open in June. He finished tied for 66th at the PGA Championship last year, the first Major he ever appeared in back in 2015. The victory also becomes his first on American mainland, having won two prior events in Hawaii and two in Malaysia.
He got off to a rough start to begin the weekend, shooting a 73 during the first round. He quickly rebounded during the second round with a 66, which came within two shots of the lowest score of the day. But after a 69 during the third round, where no one pulled away from the pack, Thomas put himself in position to claim the crown by becoming the youngest ever to simultaneously break 60, while shooting the lowest 72-hole score in history.
Thomas seemed destined to win after earlier in the day he made one of the tournaments incredible shots, even if it should have been purely mundane. His ball hung on the lip of the cup for nearly 10 seconds before finally darting to the bottom of the hole.
It’s his first PGA Tour win since the Sony Open in Hawaii back on Jan. 15, when he obliterated the field, winning by seven strokes. The win came on a second consecutive weekend, as he also claimed victory at the SBS Tournament of Champions the week prior.
During a tournament that featured a notable missed cut from Phil Mickelson, as well as a rough patch for Rory McIlroy, it can now also be remembered for Thomas’ first Major victory.