We saw a mix of contenders sniffing around the Wanamaker Trophy over the past four days in this year’s PGA Championship, especially when the Top 6 players who entered the Final round earlier the in the day have never won a major before. However, all six players, including Day 3 leader Chilean Mito Perera, just couldn’t hold off through the finish line.
Perera came in the very last hole at the 18th while still having the lead instant where he was only moments away from securing his breakthrough moment.
Unfortunately, a poor opening drive into the river cost him a couple of shots before a mix of nerves & mistakes at the putt saw Perera settle in 3rd. It’s gutting to see Perera being denied the finish he hoped for where winning a major here would mean a lot to him and his country back home in Chile. But it’s the nature of sport & golf through both high and low moments as he hopes to keep building on that PGA Championship campaign going into the US Open next month.
Will Zalatoris did a great job staying in contention for the whole time within the Top 3, having led at one point after Round 2 on Friday. Although he made up some lost time after a poor Round 3 score of nine-over 73 from Saturday, he felt just as runner-up during a head-to-head duel in the three-hole Playoff.
And the winner goes to now two-time PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas. He started Day 4 outside the Top 6 as mentioned earlier before he worked his way through the Top & later Top 3, faced off Zalatoris in the three-hole Playoffs decider, and there goes his brilliant comeback with the major he deserved by lifting the Wanamaker Trophy.
What a way to close off the weekend with a wild finish from a number of brilliant competitors in action, but it’s J. Thomas who got his 2nd major since the 2017 PGA Championship. Two majors down, two to go, as we look forward to the US Open on the 16-19th June next month.