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Thomas holds nerve to claim first Major triumph

Justin Thomas

Justin Thomas: first Major victory (photo – Getty Images).

American Justin Thomas claimed his first Major with a two-stroke victory at the US PGA Championship at Quail Hollow.

Francesco Molinari, Patrick Reed and Louis Oosthuizen all threatened on a thrilling final day in North Carolina but it was the 24-year-old who held his nerve to card a three-under-par closing round of 68 to finish two clear of the chasing pack on eight under.

Molinari had put himself in the mix in the season’s final Major in Charlotte with an impressive 67.

Reed joined him in second place soon after, the American carding four birdies in six holes early on for a two-under front nine before picking up a shot each at the tenth, 14th and 15th to move within reach, before a bogey at the last for a six-under total.

South African Oosthuizen holed a huge putt at the last to join them in a share of the runner-up spot, with Rickie Fowler and Hideki Matsuyama a further shot back.

“It was a crazy day,” said Thomas.

“It was something that obviously as a kid growing up, being a golf fan, you want to win all the Majors. You want to win any major.

“For me, the PGA Championship definitely had a special place in my heart, and maybe a special drive, I guess you could say.”

Italy’s Molinari is hoping to retain his form in golf’s biggest tournaments after his excellent finish.

He said: “It would have been nice to start the day maybe a couple of shots closer to the leaders, but it was great getting to the last three holes tied for the lead.

“It’s what you practice for and what you train for. Hopefully I’ll get more soon.”

Scores

276 Justin Thomas
278 Francesco Molinari; Louis Oosthuizen; Patrick Reed
279 Rickie Fowler; Hideki Matsuyama
280 Graham DeLaet; Kevin Kisner
283 Jason Day; Matt Kuchar; Jordan Smith; Chris Stroud
284 Scott Brown; Paul Casey; James Hahn; Brian Harman; Dustin Johnson; Brooks Koepka; Marc Leishman; Ryan Moore; Henrik Stenson
285 Rory McIlroy; Grayson Murray; Ian Poulter; Chez Reavie; Robert Streb; Gary Woodland
286 Byeong Hun An; J.B. Holmes; Pat Perez; Jordan Spieth; Richard Sterne
287 Keegan Bradley; Patrick Cantlay; Bud Cauley; Kevin Chappell; Bryson DeChambeau; Lucas Glover; Jason Kokrak; Jamie Lovemark; Sean O’Hair; Webb Simpson; Chris Wood
288 Tony Finau; Jim Herman; Sung Kang; Thorbjørn Olesen
289 Charley Hoffman; Billy Horschel; Zach Johnson; Satoshi Kodaira; Shane Lowry; Charl Schwartzel
290 Ryan Fox; Bill Haas; D.A. Points; Steve Stricker
291 Jason Dufner; Kelly Kraft; Jon Rahm
292 Tommy Fleetwood; Adam Scott
293 Dylan Frittelli; Cody Gribble; David Lingmerth
294 Vijay Singh
295 K.T. Kim; Alex Noren; Hideto Tanihara; Lee Westwood
296 Russell Henley; Daniel Summerhays
297 Charles Howell III; Omar Uresti
299 Anirban Lahiri

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