Justin Thomas Claims PGA Championship After Mito Pereira Collapse

Thomas edged Will Zalatoris in a three-hole playoff


May 22, 2022

Justin Thomas claimed a victory at the 2022 PGA Championship on Sunday at Southern Hills Country Club after edging Will Zalatoris in a three-hole playoff.

Thomas and Zalatoris went into the playoff after being tied at 5-under 275 for the tournament. Thomas defeated Zalatoris with the help of a birdie on the par-4 17th hole — the second of three playoff holes.

Zalatoris was just one golfer Thomas had to overcome, though.

Mito Pereira, who entered Sunday as the leader after 54 holes, would have won the tournament with a par on the 18th hole. Instead, Pereira found the water with his drive on the par-4 18th hole and carded a brutal double-bogey on the 72nd hole of his tournament. It caused Pereira to finish Sunday’s round 5-over par and ultimately finish the tournament 4-under par 276.

Thomas mounted a noteworthy comeback before reaching the playoff. He shot 3-under par during the 18 regulation holes with three backside birdies.

It marked a second major for Thomas, who won the 2017 PGA Championship as well. Thomas trailed Pereira by seven shots entering the final round.

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