Kisner clings to PGA lead; Hideki lurks

Justin Thomas earned his first major title by winning the 2017 PGA Championship on Sunday at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Canada's Graham DeLaet and 54-hole leader Kevin Kisner were another shot back.

With those around him dropping shots with regularity, Thomas took full control of the tournament when chipping in for birdie at the par-3 13th and moved three strokes clear with a clutch 10-footer for birdie at the par-3 17th.

Italian Francesco Molinari, American Patrick Reed - who both shot four under in the last round - and South African Louis Oosthuizen finished tied for second on six-under. The Japanese looked well placed to challenge and become the first male major victor from his country, but three bogeys on the back nine ended his hopes for another year.

Kisner, who had led after each of the opening three rounds and for much of the early part of his round, fell away late on as a three-over-par 72 left him four over for the tournament. "I knew I had the game to get it done. Everything is working very well, and then unfortunately I didn't get to play in the Masters and then just struggled a little bit this whole summer", he said.

"When I was playing the mini-tours and I was broke, that's the only place I could afford to buy a house and I went back there", he said. The adrenaline today it's unbelievable.

"You can really look stupid in a heartbeat", he said.

Close friends Jordan Spieth - who came up short in his bid to complete a career Grand Slam this week - and Rickie Fowler were among the first to congratulate Thomas beside the 18th green. His birdie putt on the par-5 10th hole teetered on the edge of the cup for seconds before falling in and putting him one shot out of the lead.

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That led one sympathetic journalist to suggest to him he must be proud that he fought back and showed true character. In majors, 31 players have shot 63, including 10 in the Open , but 62 had become untouchable.

As for Kisner, he looked a forlorn figure after an erratic back nine which began with a birdie at 10 followed by back-to-back bogeys, although he lifted himself back into the shake-up with birdies at 14 and 15. Kisner, the 54-hole leader, played the final three holes in 6 over on the weekend. Two holes and two double bogeys later, Points tumbled down the leaderboard.

"I just didn't believe Bud Cauley stayed around".

However, he could do no better than a tie for 31st and will be too old by the time next year's US PGA comes around to steal Woods' record.

"I just wish my grandfather was here to see this", Justin said during a ceremony on the 18th green. He tied for fourth in the PGA Championship a year ago, and it felt as though he'd make a run for the top spot this weekend.

While his breakthrough win could be attributed to a number of good shots, Thomas cited his chip-in birdie on the par-three 13th as the most memorable.

Australia's Jason Day clawed back from his third-round collapse, firing a 70 on Sunday to finish one-under the card and tie for ninth - the best finish of the Australians.

That cushion meant Thomas' bogey on No. 18 had no bearing on the outcome. "I'm just excited for that, I'd say more than anything".

"I feel I can take on a lot of shots some people can't".


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