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Justin Thomas claims maiden major, winning the USPGA Championship

Mon, Aug 14, 1:17pm by Staff Writer

Justin Thomas has stormed home to win his first major title, coming from behind to beat a trio of players, Francesco Molinari, Patrick Reed and Louis Oosthuizen by two shots.

The American started the final round at Quail Hollow in North Carolina two shots behind third-round leader Kevin Kisner, but made his move on the seventh hole. He then birdied four of the next six holes, including a sizeable putt on the Par-5 10th.

The win caps off a brilliant year for the 24-year-old, who has now won four times in 2017. The world No.14 finished with an eight-under total of 276.

The next tournament on the PGA Tour is the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina but the tournament that Australian’s are most looking forward to comes up at the end of next month.

Thomas and his United States teammates tee it up at the President’s Cup against the Internationals at New Jersey’s Liberty National Golf Club.

The Americans will be captained by Steve Stricker and Nick Price will captain the International team. As it stands, there will be three Australian’s in the International team – Jason Day, Adam Scott and Marc Leishman.

Day finished in a tie for ninth, seven shots behind Thomas, which was the highest finish of the seven Aussies who teed it up.

The Internationals are $3.75 to win back the trophy that the USA won in 2015 in Korea. Stricker’s charges are $1.33 to retain the trophy.

The top ranked International’s player is World No.3 Hideki Matsuyama, who missed out on his chance to become Japan’s first major winner on Monday (AEST), slumping to a 72, which meant he shared fifth place with Rickie Fowler at five-under the card.

Italy’s Francesco Molinari finished in equal second, which is his best finish at a major, eclipsing the top then finish at the 2013 British Open.

Louis Oosthuizen tied for second at six-under, which means he’s now finished second at every major. The South African will also be in the Internationals team, when that event tees off on September 28.


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