Thomas holds on to win first major trophy
AMERICAN Justin Thomas has come out of the shadows of long-time friend Jordan Spieth to take the PGA Championship and his first major trophy.
Spieth, who had been aiming for a career grand slam, was greenside as Thomas finished his round of 68 for a two-shot win over a group of three players on -6 under.
The PGA Championship was the most fitting major for the 24-year-old son of a PGA professional.
Mike Thomas, a former PGA board member and professional in Kentucky, hugged his son before the Spieth embrace.
"So awesome, dude," Spieth told his friend of 10 years.
It was Thomas' fourth win of the year and came after a dramatic final day which started with him two shots behind third-round leader Kevin Kisner.
Thomas began his move on the seventh hole, from where he birdied four of the next six holes, including a dramatic putt on the par-5 10th.
He had an eight-foot putt for birdie but he appeared to leave the ball hanging on the lip. But 12 seconds later, the ball somehow toppled in.
That was followed by a chip-in from the fringe on No. 13 for another birdie en route to winning the Wanamaker Trophy.
Thomas sealed the victory with a 15-foot birdie putt on the par-3 17th which gave him a three-shot lead on the rest of the field.
A bogey on the last made no difference as Kisner, the only man on course who could catch Thomas, found the water on the last to drop to -4 under.
Thomas finished two shots clear of South African Louis Oosthuizen, American Patrick Reed and Italian Francesco Molinari.
Australian Jason Day finished on -1under after a final round 70 and would have still been ruing his shot choice on the 18th in round three which cost him a quadruple-bogey eight.
He ended the final round tied for ninth, while compatriot Marc Leishman tied for 13th and Adam Scott had an event to forget, tying for 61st.