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Thomas wins maiden major at US PGA

Thomas wins maiden major at US PGA

Justin Thomas kept his nerve on Quail Hollow's notorious Green Mile finishing stretch to land his first major title Sunday.

After chipping to eight feet Thomas saw his birdie putt hang on the edge of the hole for almost 10 seconds before it eventually dropped in and took him into a five-way tie for the lead. Thomas, who was at one point tied at seven-under with five others, roared past Kevin Kisner, Hideki Matsuyama, Chris Stroud, Patrick Reed, and Francesco Molinari.

The World No14 didn't get off to the best of starts in the final round with two bogeys either side of a birdie on the opening three holes.

Thomas saw his two-shot lead cut in half as first Reed, then Matsuyama and Kisner, all picked up shots on the 14th and 15th to reach seven under par.

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.

Molinari, meanwhile, put himself in the mix with a stunning 67 which began with a flawless two under par front nine before the Italian followed a disappointing bogey at the par five tenth with four birdies in five holes.

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Thomas made six birdies in his round including a spectacular pair on holes 10 and 13. The renovations made a year ago, along with the Champions Bermuda greens and Bermuda rough, turned Quail Hollow's debut at the PGA Championship into the sternest test of all the majors in 2017.

The 24-year-old from Kentucky - whose father is a club professional and whose late grandfather was a longtime professional who qualified for the 1962 US Open - has been in brilliant form on the PGA Tour this year, including shooting a round of 59 in a tour event in Hawaii.

But Thomas never let up and the 16th hole proved decisive. "It kind of acted like a child and threw a tantrum and then it went in".

McIlroy, who went into the week as pre-tournament favorite, at least finished with a flourish with a 68 to close on 285, but will have to wait until next year's US Masters for another tilt at a fifth major where he will find likely stiff competition from the likes of Thomas, Spieth and Fowler.

"That can be an Achilles' heel for me because I feel like I can take on a lot of shots that a lot of people can't". On the 13, he was in full fist-pump mode when his chip from the fringe fell into the hole.

But the same hole would prove costly for Kisner, who found the water with his second shot - as he nearly did on Saturday - to make bogey and fall out of the lead. I was lucky enough to see it in person and it was spectacular.