Justin Thomas

Justin Thomas breaks through to claim first major title at US PGA

Never has a stretch of golfing terrain been given such an inappropriate tag, for the so-called “Green Mile” delivered sufficient carnage of the red danger variety in this US PGA Championship at Quail Hollow to make it a journey of the damned.

Except for Justin Thomas, the 24-year-old American.

Rather than treating the notorious stretch of holes from the 16th to the 18th as a potential minefield to his ambitions, Thomas – in the 99th staging of the old championship – put a wise old head on his young shoulders to claim a maiden Major title with a closing round 68 for eight-under-par 208 and a two shot winning margin over the trio of Francesco Molinari, Patrick Reed and Louis Oosthuizen.

For sure, there were times when Thomas rode his luck: he holed a 36-footer for birdie on the ninth; watched and watched for what seemed like an eternity but what was only seconds on the 10th as his birdie hung on the lip before dropping into the tin cup, and he chipped-in for birdie on the 13th.

Of that delayed fall on the 10th, Thomas said: “Once it got there I felt it was going to drop, and I acted like a child threw a tantrum and didn’t look so (bad) when it fell in.”