Pereira Falls Apart, Thomas Wins PGA Championship in Playoff
Justin Thomas defeated Will Zalatoris in a playoff to win his second PGA Championship on Sunday afternoon at Southern Hills Country Club.
The only reason the two players were in a playoff was because Mito Pereira fell apart on the 18th hole, making a double bogey to lose the lead and fall out of a playoff.
This is Thomas’ 15th career win and second major victory.
The playoff for the PGA Championship was a three hole aggregate on holes 13, 17 and 18.
Basically, it was stroke play with a hint of a match play feel to it.
Thomas and Zalatoris tied the first hole with birdies after Zalatoris left an eagle putt just short.
On 17, Thomas drove the green, while Zalatoris put his tee shot just off the green and had to chip.
Thomas lagged his eagle putt up and left himself three feet for birdie.
Meanwhile, Zalatoris chipped up and missed about a six footer for birdie, while JT made his birdie.
This hole ended up being the decider.
Both players parred the 18th hole giving Thomas the victory.
To start the round, Thomas had a 1.2% chance of winning.
Pereira walked onto the 18th tee box with a one shot lead and pulled driver, a club he has hit well most of the day and week.
However, on this tee shot, he pushed it right and into the water.
He was the fourth ball in the water in the final round.
After taking a drop, Pereira put his third shot in the left rough and then put his ensuing chip shot off the green.
He ended up making double-bogey to fall out of the playoff and lose the tournament.