Two-time CIMB Classic champion Justin Thomas claimed his first Major in the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow, carding a final round 68 to finish on eight-under-par 276.
Thomas came from two back at the start of the final round to win by two strokes over Francesco Molinari, Patrick Reed and Louis Oosthuizen. At the age of 24 years, 3 months and 15 days, Thomas became the 26th player in his 20s to win on the PGA Tour this season.
“I know that a Major champion will never be taken away from, you know, after my name. Hopefully I’m going to win some more, plenty more, a lot more … whatever,” said Thomas.
“I know you can’t get to two unless you get one, so I’m excited to have this and it’s incredible. It’s huge for me. I mean, who knows what will happen but it’s just big for the year,” added Thomas, whose father Mike is a PGA of America teaching professional based at Harmony Landing in Louisville, Kentucky.
With the win, Thomas collected 600 FedExCup points to move from No. 4 to No. 2 in the FedExCup standings with 2,689 points. Hideki Matsuyama, who finished jint fifth at Quail Hollow, retained his lead with 2,869 points.
This was Thomas’ fifth PGA Tour victory and fourth of the season, coming in his 90th start on tour.
Justin Thomas’ PGA Tour victories (5): 2015 CIMB Classic, 2016 CIMB Classic, 2017 SBS Tournament of Champions, 2017 Sony Open in Hawaii, 2017 PGA Championship.