Justin Thomas clocks his first PGA title win
United States golfer Justin Thomas yearned only one thing, and that was to win a championship, any championship for that matter. This years’ PGA Championship gave him that exact opportunity. This major mainly celebrating club professionals like Thomas’s father and his grandfather before that was a blessing in disguise. As an impressionable 7-year-old Thomas was introduced to the cheers and excitements of the roughs and the greens by his first coach, his father. It is there he witnessed the peak of Tiger Woods’s career, and it fascinated him. Since then he had one goal in his mind, and that was to win a championship of his own, but he failed to win even one up until Sunday night at Quail Hollows which with its unpredictable and harrowing course saw him lift his first major title, the Wanamaker trophy. He finished at three under par 68 ahead of Francesco Molinari and Patrick Reed who were joint second at 67s.
Spieth touted favourite in 2018 Masters
Justin Thomas after posting a ridiculous PGA Championship win at the Quail Hollow club saw the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook publish the betting odds for the 2018 Masters with Spieth leading as a 7/1 favourite ahead of Dustin Johnson with 8/1 and Rory McIlroy at 10/1. What is surprising is that Tiger Woods a four-time Masters Champion has been listed in the book at a 100/1 odd. After a brief break from professional golf, Tiger Woods has only played the Masters once since 2013 and has not played in any competition since he withdrew from Omega Dubai Desert Classic in February. He shares the 100/1 odds bracket 19 others, which include Francesco Molinari who tied for second in the recently finished Wanamaker Trophy at Quail Hollow.
A day of heartbreak for Hideki Matsuyama
Japanese golfer Hideki Matsuyama came as close to winning a Major as one can until he did not win. He let it slip right past his fingers owing to some dreadful choice of shots and a very poor luck. He looked all set to become the first Japanese male to win a Major but finally was down to a 72 finishing lagging behind first-time winner Justin Thomas at the Quail Hollow Club. The official PGA Tour website had chosen Matsuyama as the favourite to win the championship, but after the loss, Matsuyama went on the record saying he regretted the shots he played and the decisions he took out on the field. He edged up a notch and regained his No. 2 position in the world on Sunday. But though he managed to keep his top spot on the PGA Tour Money List and FedEx Cup points a shared fifth spot to do so was definitely not what he had in mind when he came into the tournament.