Going into the final round Kevin Kisner was in a very usual position this week. He was the leader of the seasons final major. What unfolded today was some great golf played on a difficult course that knocked him out of the top spot.
There was a lot of talk before the round the Hideki Matsuyama was the player to beat today. But a cold putter and a roller coaster back nine that included 1 par did him in.
Patrick Reed, Francisco Molinari and Louis Oosthuizen ended up tied for second. The were two shots back at the end of the week.
There was one player that we thought had the tools to go out and play a great round today who was lurking 2 shots behind Kisner to start and that was Justin Thomas. Thomas had 2 wins already this year and anyone who follows golf knows he has a ton of game.
It looked like Thomas had the first hole nerves, hitting it into 3 bunkers before making a 20 footer to save bogey. He shot 34 on the front nine and started his back 9 with a birdie on 10. Followed that up with a birdie on 12 and cruised into the green mile where he hit a great shot on 17 to about 10 feet or so and poured that put in to give him a 2 shot lead. Having the cushion he ended up making bogey on 18 but still ended up winning by 2.
Kevin Kisner ended up shooting a 3 over par 74 and ended the week 4 shots back. It was a tough finish for Kisner but he will be back for sure. He is a great player and knows how to win on tour and that is important.
Dads Say So congrats to Justin Thomas. The son of a PGA Professional winning the PGA Championship is a great story that will go down in history just like Davis Love III winning his PGA. Thomas will be part of the anchor of the US Presidents Cup team in a few time and we like the USA Teams chances to retain the cup. For now we want to focus on the win this week. Coming from 2 shots back to win by 2 and win against a great field and claim his first, of what we think, will be multiple majors!