It’s like we’ve seen this scene before: with a major championship is on the line a golfer has a birdie attempt that sits at the edge of the hole, praying that gravity gives the ball just one more rotation to land in the bottom of the cup.
Justin Thomas, who started the day two strokes back behind 54-hole leader Kevin Kisner, had a Tiger Woods-esc moment at the Quail Hollow’s 10th hole to tie Kisner at seven-under for the tournament.
Notice the announcer’s call at the end: “In your life have you ever seen anything like this….Yes, I have.”
We all have, it was in the 2005 Masters when Tiger performed one of the greatest shots in golf’s history. And like Woods, Thomas would gain a ton of momentum from this birdie and go on to close out the championship.
You could tell after the 10th hole that Thomas had adrenaline pumping rapidly through his veins. This tee-shots had so much power and swagger, it was almost as if he closed the tournament out with that 10th-hole putt.
He took a two-shot lead at 13 with a masterful chip-in off the fringe.
Thomas would secure his win by birdieing the challenging 17th hole in the ‘green mile’ stretch of Quail Hollow. The 17th was not an easy scoring hole for players this week but Thomas made it look easy (fast forward to 1:24 to get the 17th hole highlight).
His bogey on the 18th would not play a factor as his round of 68 and eight-under for the tournament would be enough to earn him his first Major championship and his fourth victory this season.
The real party began when Thomas’ father greeted him after his round on Sunday saying:
“I told him, that’s f—ing unbelievable.”
And of course, Thomas was greeted by his close-knit group of Tour friends, including Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth.
Jordan Spieth sneaks in the congratulatory slap on the ass for Justin Thomas pic.twitter.com/GrnJn5gHRp
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) August 13, 2017
It may be time to talk about Thomas being an early favorite for PGA Tour Player of the Year. He is the first player to reach four wins with this latest one being a Major. He would be a lock to win if wins the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup at the end of the season.