American Justin Thomas bags first major golf title at USA PGA Championship

  • 14/08/2017
American Justin Thomas celebrates his maiden major title
American Justin Thomas celebrates his maiden major title Photo credit: Getty Images

Justin Thomas has bagged a maiden major golf title with a come-from-behind victory at the US PGA Championship in North Carolina.

The 24-year-old American started the final round at Quail Hollow two shots off the pace, but the world No.14 stormed home with six birdies and three bogeys en route to a three-under par 68 and an eight-under total of 276, to win by two shots.

Italy's Francesco Molinari (67), American Patrick Reed (67) and 2010 British Open winner Louis Oosthuizen (70) tied for second at six-under.

World No.3 Hideki Matsuyama missed out on his chance to become Japan's first male major winner, slumping to a 72 on Sunday to share fifth place with No.10 Rickie Fowler (67) at five-under the card.

Playing in the penultimate group, 25-year-old Matsuyama and Thomas traded blows, and the lead, during a thrilling finish to the year's final major.

Thomas began his round with a bogey but bounced back with a birdie immediately after.

Ranked ninth on the US PGA Tour for driving distance, Thomas picked up another shot on his opening nine holes to set up a back-nine charge.

With Matsuyama dropping two shots on the home stretch and overnight leader Kevin Kisner on his way to crashing out of contention with a 74, Thomas took the tournament by the scruff of the neck with three back-nine birdies.

Thomas salvaged a gutsy bogey at the par-4 18th after finding a fairway bunker off the tee to claim the PGA Championship's Wanamaker trophy.

Ryan Fox completed his maiden appearance at the US PGA Championship on a low note, diving 42 places in the final round in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Kiwi No.2 Fox carded eight bogeys and a double bogey in a seven-over 78, undoing the meritorious work of his two middle rounds which left him 12th with a round to play.

Ryan Fox in action during hos final round
Ryan Fox in action during hos final round Photo credit: Getty Images

The European Tour-based professional shook off three early bogeys with a birdie on the sixth hole and an eagle on the par-five seventh.

However, Fox's trademark distance off the tee was spoiled by inaccuracy at the Quail Hollow course, including a tee-off into the water on the par-three 17th which cost two shots.

It completed a roller-coaster display by world No.101 Fox in his first major tournament on US soil.

His opening 75 was followed by a 66 - a round bettered by only two other golfers across the week - and a 71.

AAP 

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