The 99th PGA Championship began with Jordan Spieth’s quest for a career grand slam at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, North Carolina. But it was his long-time friend and compatriot Justin Thomas who claimed the final major of the season and the coveted Wanamaker Trophy.
With two massive breaks after the turn, a chip-in for birdie to seize control and a brave 7-iron over the water to a peninsula green, Thomas carded a 3-under 68 for a two-shot victory.
The trio of Francesco Molinari, Patrick Reed and Louis Oosthuizen finished tied for the 2nd place, though none of them had a chance to win playing the 18th. Oosthuizen holed a 50-foot birdie putt on the 18th to get a runner-up finish in the majors for the fourth time.
For Reed, it was his first top 10 in a major.
24-year-old Justin Thomas finished at 8-under 276 for his fourth victory of the year.
“I just had an unbelievable calmness throughout the week, throughout the day,” said, Thomas. “I really truly felt I was going to win. I was just very confident. I didn’t get flustered.
“I was a lot calmer than I thought I would be. I thought I would be very shaky. At one point, I looked at my hand it was a little shaky but that’s why you play.”
“I know that ‘major champion’ will never be taken away, you know, after my name,” he said. “Hopefully I’m going to win some more, plenty more, a lot more, whatever … It’s huge for me. I mean, who knows what will happen.”
Here’s a look at Thomas’ entire Titleist setup.
Driver: Titleist 917D2 (Mitsubishi Chemical Diamana BF 60TX shaft), 8.5 degrees
3-wood: Titleist 917F2 (Mitsubishi Chemical Tensei CK Blue 80TX shaft), 15 degrees
5-wood: Titleist 915Fd (Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 9.2 Tour Spec X shaft), 18 degrees
Irons: Titleist 716 CB (4-iron; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shaft), Titleist 718 MB (5-9; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts), Titleist Vokey SM6 (46-10F degrees; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shaft)
Wedges: Vokey SM5 (52-12F and 56-14F degrees; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts), Vokey SM6 (60K degrees; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shaft)
Putter: Scotty Cameron X5 Flow Neck Prototype (SuperStroke Pistol GT Tour grip)
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x