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Golfer Justin Thomas triumphs after catching up


Smile for the winning photo: Justin Thomas with his fiancee Jillian Wisniewski
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The second major tournament of the year only finds a winner in the play-off: The American Justin Thomas wins over three extra holes against Will Zalatoris and is now also happy about 2.7 million dollars in prize money.

US golfer Justin Thomas has won the PGA Championship for the second time in his career. At the second major tournament of the year on Sunday (local time) in Tulsa, the 29-year-old prevailed over three extra holes against his compatriot Will Zalatoris.

After four rounds, the two pros shared the lead with 275 strokes each, so a playoff was necessary for victory. For his 15th win on the PGA Tour, Thomas received the Wanamaker Trophy and a $2.7 million prize money check. Thomas won his first major title in Quail Hollow in 2017.

Thomas started a terrific comeback on Sunday at the Southern Hills Country Club. He went into the final day seven strokes behind the Chilean Mito Pereira, who had been leading after three rounds. Thanks to a strong final round of 67 on the par 70 course, he still made it into the jump-off. “I can’t believe I found myself in a playoff,” Thomas said. Pereira, on the other hand, couldn’t stand the pressure and fell back to tied third place after a weak lap of 75.

Star Tiger Woods withdrew from the final round of the 104th PGA Championship due to severe pain in his right leg. The 46-year-old Californian retired from a major tournament for the first time in his professional career. For the 15-time major winner, it was only the second PGA tournament since his serious car accident in February 2021, in which he broke his right leg several times.

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