Justin Thomas wins PGA Championship in playoff over Zalatoris

TULSA, Okla. — Justin Thomas won the 2022 PGA Championship in a playoff against Will Zalatoris on Sunday at the Southern Hills Golf Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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According to The Associated Press, Thomas’ win, which marked his second PGA Championship victory, came after he and Zalatoris both finished at 5-under 275 over 72 holes, sending the pair to a three-hole aggregate playoff. Thomas outlasted Zalatoris with two birdies and a par to claim the Wanamaker Trophy, the AP reported.

Thomas, who started the day seven shots behind then-leader Mito Pereira, also tied the biggest comeback in PGA Championship history, according to the AP. In 1978, John Mahaffey also came back from seven down, ultimately besting Tom Watson and Jerry Pate in a playoff to win the championship, the news agency reported.

“It’s funny. I was asked earlier in the week what lead is safe, and I said, ‘No lead,’” Thomas said, according to the AP. “This place is so tough. But if you hit the fairways you can make birdies, and I stayed so patient. I just couldn’t believe I found myself in a playoff.”

>> RELATED STORY: Tiger Woods withdraws after Round 3 from 2022 PGA Championship

Tiger Woods, who injured his right leg in a car crash last year, withdrew from the tournament Saturday after 54 holes, PGA of America President Jim Richerson said in a statement.

“We admire Tiger’s valiant effort to compete here at Southern Hills and wish him the best as he continues to recover from his injuries,” the statement read.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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