Justin Thomas is a 23-year old PGA professional golfer who has spent his entire career dreaming of winning the majors. He’s accomplished just that, but not without some help from an embarrassing shank in 2013 that led to surgery and earned him a $2.7 million payday. What would’ve happened if Justin had never gotten caught up with golf?
Justin Thomas won the PGA Championship last week. The 25-year-old golfer had an embarrassing shank during a practice round that propelled him to victory and a $2.7 million payday. Read more in detail here: who won pga last week.
When the highlight films for Justin Thomas’ amazing comeback triumph at the 2022 PGA Championship are edited, his spectacular strokes during the three-hole playoff versus Will Zalatoris will be prominently shown. Thomas would not have ended his Sunday with the Wanamaker Trophy in his hands if it hadn’t been for his tidy approach shot on 13 that set up a crucial birdie, his precise tee shot on the par-4 17th that found the green, or his two perfect strikes on 18 (the course’s toughest hole) that led to a stress-free par.
His stone-cold shank on the par-3 sixth hole, which almost knocked him out of contention, will almost certainly not be featured on those videos. But what followed was Thomas’ “best bogey,” propelling him to one of the greatest comebacks in PGA Championship history.
After a terrible shank, Justin Thomas made the “greatest bogey” of his life.
Thomas’ victory in the PGA Championship will be remembered for his final-round 67, which tied for the lowest score of the tournament and reversed a seven-stroke deficit. After his difficult start, no one expected such a strong showing.
It’s easy to overlook Thomas’ careless bogey on the third hole, which dropped him eight strokes behind the leader. He came up to the par-3 sixth tee after a comeback birdie on 5, and did something seldom seen in professional golf: he utterly shanked a 5-iron into the woods.
On the 218-yard hole, JT had 121 yards to the pin and ended up in a bunker after clipping a tree on his second shot. On one hole, Thomas could feel his already limited chances slipping away, but he somehow got up-and-down from the sand 109 yards out to save bogey.
According to Yahoo Sports, Thomas remarked after the round, “I simply cold shanked it.” “I’m not sure how else to express it.” It was without a doubt the finest bogey I’ve ever created.”
“It was a shanky-barkie-sandy,” says the narrator. After the round, Thomas’ caddy, Jim “Bones” Mackay, cracked a joke. “At the very least, that’s how we’d refer to it at the club.”
Thomas made an incredible comeback to win the PGA Championship and $2.7 million.
After winning the 2022 PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club, Justin Thomas stands with the Wanamaker Trophy | Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images
After a shank on the sixth hole, Thomas made a remarkable bogey save to stay in the competition. He got a chance to redeem himself on the following hole with a 5-iron, and he took advantage of it.
“So, on the very next hole, with water right of the green and a green that slants left to right, he’s had to walk up and take a shot with the club he shanked 20 minutes before,” Mackay said, “and he made maybe his finest shot of the day.” We were commenting on how that was his finest complete swing of the week, and he hit it to a distance of ten feet.”
Thomas then finished with six birdies and zero bogeys over his last 13 holes to tie for the biggest final-round comeback in PGA Championship history and win the Wanamaker Trophy for the second time. With the win, the World No. 5 also took home $2.7 million, the greatest cash prize in tournament history.
All of this comes after one of the worst golf strokes he’s ever made.
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