When the final round of the PGA Championship started, it didn’t seem like Justin Thomas had much of a chance to win. But when all was said and done at Southern Hills, Thomas stood on top of the field.

Thomas began the day seven strokes back of 54-hole leader Mito Pereira. That deficit moved to eight early in the round. But none of the golfers ahead of Thomas created much separation as he clawed his way back into contention. Thomas finished with a 67, but he missed a makeable par putt on the 18th hole, which seemed to end his chances. But when Pereira collapsed on the 72nd hole, Thomas and Will Zalatoris found themselves in a three-hole playoff — which Thomas won.

Both players opened the playoff with birdies on the par-5 13th hole. They next went to the 17th hole tied. Thomas took full advantage of the short par-4 with a stellar tee shot that finished on the green.

Thomas two-putted for a birdie, while Zalatoris made par. Both players reached the 18th green in two shots. Zalatoris had a chance to apply pressure to Thomas with his birdie putt, but he missed, leaving Thomas two putts for the win. Thomas did that to secure his second major championship, adding this Wanamaker Trophy to the one he earned in 2017.

Thomas’ victory tied a record for the largest comeback in PGA Championship history and one of the biggest in any major.

Golf fans watching heaped praise on the PGA Champion.

Indeed, Thomas’ father, Mike PGA club professional, as was his grandfather, Paul. Given the significance of the PGA Championship to club pros and that club professionals get a chance to play in it, it might mean more to him than most other golfers.

About Michael Dixon

Michael has a background in sports writing both online (Bleacher Report, Sportsnaut, Fantasy Baseball Crackerjacks) and in print (Sedona Red Rock News, Brentwood Press). Sports have been a lifeline passion for Michael and he continues to enjoy writing and talking about them.