Golfing Gods had decided in Thomas' favour
Charlotte: The moment of the 99th PGA Championships was probably when Jutsin Thomas' putt dropped into the cup after the ball seemingly hung on the lip for an eternity. And when it did drop, Thomas did not even see it for he had turned his back on it in disbelief that it had not dropped.
The ball was suspended between the cup and lip for almost 12 seconds and then it dropped. Minutes before that he pulled his drive and it hit the same tree he had found two days ago in second ago. Then the ball kicked into the trees some 30 yards. As Thomas said: "So I feel like that tree kind of owed me one. I talk to my ball a lot and any time it's going somewhere, I didn't wish it would, I probably say, "get lucky" or something. And I said that in the air, "Get lucky, just spit it out for me, please." And it spit it out, and right in the middle of the fairway."
Then came 'that' putt. Recalling that moment, Thomas said: "The putt was pretty funny, too, because I didn't even see it go in. I was more so looking at Jimmy, asking, "How does it not go in? And as soft as it was going, I felt like the grain had to take it. And honestly, I swear, when it got there, I was like, "This ball has to go in. There's no way that it can stay there." I was upset that I had a really easy up-and-down and maybe let the opportunity go. Yeah, the gravity took over and the roar was pretty loud, so that was pretty cool."
Thomas carded a final round of 68 to total 8-under and win by two shots over Patrick Reed (67), Francesco Molinari (67) and Louis Oosthuizen (70), while Hideki Matsuyama (72) and Rickie Fowler (67) were Tied-fifth at 5-under.
Kevin Kisner (74), who held at least a share of the lead for 63 holes, and Graham Delaet (69) were Tied-7th at 4-under.