Justin Thomas poses with the Wanamaker Trophy after winning the 2022 PGA Championship Final on May 22, 2022 in Tulsa, Okla.
Tying the biggest comeback in tournament history, Olympian Justin Thomas won his second PGA Championship in a three-hole playoff to cap a spectacular rally Sunday at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Thomas was seven shots back on Sunday after shooting a 4 of 74 in the third round. He came out and fired the co-low round of the day at 3 under, entering the clubhouse at 5 under, tied with fellow American Will Zalatoris. All were chasing Chile’s Mito Pereira, who started the day with 9 under, but faded on the back nine, notably doubling the 18th hole and leaving the two Americans in the playoffs.
“I was asked earlier in the week which lead was safe, and I said there was no lead,” Thomas said afterwards. “This place is so tough, but if you hit the fairways you can birdie, and I stayed so patient, and I just couldn’t believe I was in the playoffs.”
Both golfers parried the par-5 13th to open the playoffs, then moved on to the par-4 17th. Zalatoris and Thomas each had birdie putts, but Zalatoris misread his and slipped it right while Thomas rolled his for the advantage. On the par-4 18th, Thomas found the green with his second as Zalatoris rolled to the edge. Thomas was able to make two putts from there to claim his second PGA title.
The seven-stroke comeback tied John Mahaffey’s 1978 effort as the greatest in PGA Championship history. He’s also tied for the third-most comeback of any major. Thomas also made a comeback in his first PGA Championship victory in 2017, coming from two strokes back to win at Quail Hollow.
Thomas, 29, ranks fifth in the Official World Golf Ranking. He was the highest-ranked American golfer at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, where he finished tied for 22nd. Gold medalist Xander Schauffele finished tied for 13th in Tulsa.