Published: Fri, August 18, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Mike Thomas talks about his son Justin's first major championship

Mike Thomas talks about his son Justin's first major championship

To rub salt into the wounds, the final leg of his bet - Justin Thomas to win the PGA Championship - then came off. Baker, himself a professional golfer, was on course to win £2,000,000 from a stake of just £2 had Fowler won the Open, although bet365's terms and conditions state that the maximum payout for a golf bet is £500,000. "For sponsors endemic to golf and those within the sport, Thomas has been a known quantity and everyone was aware of his talent and potential".

Thomas vaulted to the front with four birdies in a sizzling seven-hole stretch mid-round and held firm over the unsafe final three water-lined holes, known as the 'Green Mile'.

Fast forward 10 years and fantasy is reality, the picture is the present, and Justin Thomas has emulated his friend and put his Wanamaker Trophy against Jordan Spieth's Claret Jug. So much of my life I've dedicated to golf, aspiring to win my first major championship.

Francesco Molinari (67), American Patrick Reed (67) and 2010 British Open victor Louis Oosthuizen (70) were joint runners-up. I understand that's a great year in the majors'.

It marked Reed's best result at a major and the 27-year-old American said: "What I was most impressed with was it didn't feel any different. I don't know, I was just very confident".

But that wasn't the end of it. "I was more so looking at Jimmy, asking, 'How does it not go in?'" And it was only the roars from the galleries that alerted him to the ball finally deciding to drop in what became an iconic moment of his victory. You can hit it right in front of you and if you try it play for that, it can come out hot and you can run it by.

At Quail Hollow on Sunday, Thomas made no mistake, conquering the notorious "Green Mile" with a final round of 68 to win the 99th PGA Championship by two shots.

It is worth noting, too, that Oosthuizen's runner-up finish completed a Grand Slam of sorts: it meant he has now finished second in all four of the Major championships, as well - of course - as winning the Open at St Andrews in 2010.

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