US PGA Championship Final Round

Kevin Kisner enjoys a slim one-shot advantage going into the final round at Quail Hollow.

Ruaidhrí Croke Mon, Aug 14
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  • 17:29

    Good evening and welcome to The Irish Times liveblog of the final round at the US PGA Championship from Quail Hollow! I'm Ruaidhrí Croke and I'll be with you for the evening as the drama unfolds at the North Carolina layout before one man will lift the Wanamaker Trophy. You can get involved by using the 'Contact Us' button at the top of the blog or you can get me on twitter @Ruaidhri_Croke. Tee times and leading scores below, let's get this show on the road!

    Leading scores
    -7: Kisner

    -6: Stroud, Matsuyama

    -5: Thomas, Oosthuizen

    -3: Murray

    -2: DeLaet, Reed, Woodland, Brown, Molinari

    -1: Molinari, Reavie, Kang, Fox, Fowler

    Irish leaderboard: +3 McIlroy (12), +6: Lowry (12)

    Tee times (local time, then Irish time)
    8.05am (1.05pm): Charles Howell III
    8.15am (1.15pm): Vijay Singh, Omar Uresti
    8.25am (1.25pm): Dylan Frittelli, Russell Henley
    8.35am (1.35pm): Adam Scott, Anirban Lahiri
    8.45am (1.45pm): Daniel Summerhays, Cody Gribble
    8.55am (1.55pm): Hideto Tanihara, Lee Westwood
    9.05am (2.05pm): Charley Hoffman, KT Kim
    9.15am (2.15pm): Tommy Fleetwood, Alex Noren
    9.25am (2.25pm): Jason Dufner, Webb Simpson
    9.35am (2.35pm): Shane Lowry, Bud Cauley
    9.45am (2.45pm): Bill Haas, Rory McIlroy
    9.55am (2.55pm): Keegan Bradley, Dustin Johnson
    10.15am (3.15pm): Lucas Glover, Jason Kokrak
    10.25am (3.25pm): Jamie Lovemark, Steve Stricker
    10.35am (3.35pm): Kelly Kraft, Marc Leishman
    10.45am (3.45pm): Charl Schwartzel, Bryson DeChambeau
    10.55am (3.55pm): Jon Rahm, Jim Herman
    11.05am (4.05pm): Jordan Spieth, Ian Poulter
    11.15am (4.15pm): Thorbjorn Olesen, David Lingmerth
    11.25am (4.25pm): Kevin Chappell, Sean O’Hair
    11.35am (4.35pm): Brooks Koepka, DA Points
    11.45am (4.45pm): Patrick Cantlay, Ryan Moore
    12.05pm (5.05pm): Zach Johnson, Brian Harman
    12.15pm (5.15pm): Jordan Smith, Matt Kuchar
    12.25pm (5.25pm): Pat Perez, Richard Sterne
    12.35pm (5.35pm): Byeong-Hun An, Billy Horschel
    12.45pm (5.45pm): James Hahn, Tony Finau
    12.55pm (5.55pm): Robert Streb, Chris Wood
    1.05pm (6.05pm): Satoshi Kodaira, Henrik Stenson
    1.15pm (6.15pm): Jason Day, JB Holmes
    1.25pm (6.25pm): Rickie Fowler, Paul Casey
    1.45pm (6.45pm): Sung Kang, Ryan Fox
    1.55pm (6.55pm): Francesco Molinari, Chez Reavie
    2.05pm (7.05pm): Gary Woodland, Scott Brown
    2.15pm (7.15pm): Graham DeLaet, Patrick Reed
    2.25pm (7.25pm): Louis Oosthuizen, Grayson Murray
    2.35pm (7.35pm): Hideki Matsuyama, Justin Thomas
    2.45pm (7.45pm): Kevin Kisner, Chris Stroud

  • 17:49

    As the slogan for the US PGA Championship says (since switching from 'Glory's Last Shot'): 'This Is Major'.

    Well, it's fair to say that, so far, it's been slightly major - not quite a tension filled, bubbling cauldron of major excitement, more of a slow simmering pot on a medium heat just waiting to be turned up to the max and start spitting and boiling towards a drama-filled crescendo.

    That analogy was probably a bit of a push, but you know what I mean. The storyline everyone so desperately wanted of a rejuvinated Rory McIlroy battling it out down the stretch with career grand slam-chasing Jordan Spieth with a bit of Dustin Johnson and whoever else you're having thrown in, hasn't quite materialised. As it is McIlroy and Spieth have both been out of this since Friday, if we're being honest, while world number one Johnson's fortunes have fared similarly. We did have a brief resurgence in form from Jason Day before a hideous quadruple bogey eight at the final hole last night put paid to that.

    So, what we do have is a top 12 players - all within six of the lead - with only one major championship between them; that being Louis Oosthuizen's claret jug in 2010. But that's how it's been for over a year now. Indeed, Jordan Spieth's Open win last month was the first time a previous major winner had claimed a big one since Zach Johnson at the same tournament two years previous.

    Oosthuizen is only two back at -5 starting the day but, unless the South African can beat off all competition, we'll almost certainly have another first time major winner on our hands - further enhancing the strength in depth of golf at the moment.

    Some are major winners in waiting - the likes of Hideki Matsuyama and Justin Thomas will surely go on to claim a bag full of these titles by the end of their careers - while others are a long way from household names but, for now at least, look comfortable and confident at the top of the golfing world. Kevin Kisner, Chris Stroud, Grayson Murray or Graham DeLaet wouldn't have been on the betslips of many punters this week but one of them might just shock us all today and step into the elite major-winning club.

    It's the final round of the final major of the year. Augusta and the Masters is eight months away so let's enjoy this before starting the countdown timer to the big events of next year. Sit back and relax, it's golf time!

  • 18:06

    Rory McIlroy's major championship campaign for 2017 is coming to an end a lot earlier than he would have liked, but he is at least finishing it off with a good round. Birdies at the fifth, seventh, 14th and 15th - offset only by a bogey at the eighth - have moved him to +1 for the tournament with three to play. That's currently in a tie for 21st.

    Meanwhile, Shane Lowry has had an up and down day which has included three bogeys and three birdies - those three birdies coming in his last four holes - to remain at +4 for the tournament with, like McIlroy, just the Green Mile to play.

    It's been a particularly disappointing week for Lowry since getting into contention - he was into a tie for seventh at -2 at one stage - on Friday before the weather delay. After coming back out he had only three holes to play but a disastrous triple bogey six at the par three 17th knocked him back a long way and he never recovered.

  • 18:14
  • 18:20

    Stroud is also looking to make it two wins in-a-row after claiming his first PGA Tour victory at last week's Barracuda Championship in Reno. The stableford scoring event is run alongside the Bridgestone Invitational WGC and gives some fringe players the chance to launch their careers to the next level and it's showing with Stroud. He's been freewheeling all week, "riding the wave" as he said himself after Sunday's victory and is playing with unlimited confidence. Can he possibly follow a first PGA Tour win with a first major title seven days later?

    And, as a final fun fact about Chris Stroud: despite only winning for the first time last week, he's raked in $10.6million in prize money since turning pro in 2006 and I bet you've never even heard of him.

  • 18:27

    Paul Casey (E) and Rickie Fowler (-1) have just taken to the first tee. What a two-ball to follow that is.

    Further into their rounds are the three best placed players currently on course. Those are Bryson Dechambeau (-3 through eight holes), Ian Poulter (-3 through seven holes) and DA Points (-2 through six holes) and they're all back to level par. They won't win today but, with next week's Wyndham Championship the final counting tournament before the FedEx Cup playoffs, there is still a lot to play for today.

  • 18:29
    If you're wondering about the fortunes of any player in particular, you can get in touch using the 'Contact Us' button at the top of the blog and I shall fill you in on all you need to know.
  • 18:35
    Jason Day has answered back perfectly to his quadruple bogey eight at the final hole last night. Playing alongside JB Holmes today, the Australian has made the perfect start by holing out from the bunker for a birdie three at the first. That gets him back up to -1 but if he is to have any chance of claiming a second Wanamaker Trophy he will need to channel some of Rory McIlroy's 61 at this course in 2015.
  • 18:40

    At just 24 years of age Jordan Spieth has plenty of time and plenty of opportunities to claim a Wanamaker Trophy and complete the career grand slam, but he will be disappointed he didn't at least contend this week. At +2 for the day after 11 holes today he's back to +5 alongside Steve Stricker, Charley Hoffman and first round leader Thorbjorn Olesen.

    Over at the 18th McIlroy is making his way up the final hole after pars at the 16th and 17th and needs a birdie to ensure he doesn't finish over par for the tournament. He's currently +1.

    One hole behind is Shane Lowry who remains at +4.

  • 18:43
  • 18:47

    It's a par and a bogey to start for the group of Rickie Fowler and Paul Casey, leaving them -1 and +1 for the tournament, respectively.

    After missing the fairway to the right with his drive at the 18th, Lowry could only manage a bogey at his final hole to sign for a round of 72 and a tournament total of +5 and a current tie for 52nd.

  • 18:57

    In the group behind Lowry, McIlroy has finished with a par four for a 68 - his best round of the week - and a total of +1, currently in a tie for 23rd.

    At the 17th Dustin Johnson has found a birdie two to get to -4 for the day and level par for the tournament.

    From the early scores there does seem to be plenty of birdie chances out there today and perhaps Quail Hollow is playing as gettable as it has all week. Despite early forecasts of thunderstorms today in Charlotte it seems like we will get a clear day for this final round with temperatures around 29 degrees and very little breeze to speak of.

  • 19:01

    Just 45 minutes to go now until the leaders take to the course.

    Who will join Sergio Garcia, Brooks Koepka and Jordan Spieth as this year's major winners?

    I'm going for Louis Oosthuizen, get in touch with your predictions!

  • 19:05
  • 19:09

    Two birdies in his opening five holes have moved Robert Streb to -1 and the into the position of highest placed player on the course.

    Just after teeing off on the first are Gary Woodland and Scott Brown.

    Meanwhile, a bogey at the second for Rickie Fowler sees him slip back to level par, with playing partner Paul Casey a shot further back.

  • 19:11
  • 19:14

    Francesco Molinari has made the perfect start!

    A drive down the fairway, an iron shot to six feet and a putt into the middle of the hole has got the Italian off to a birdie start and up to three under, just four off the lead.

    -7: Kisner

    -6: Stroud, Matsuyama

    -5: Thomas, Oosthuizen

    -3: Murray, Molinari (1)

    -2: DeLaet, Reed, Woodland, Brown

    Irish leaderboard: +1: McIlroy (F:68), +5: Lowry (F:72)

    If you're wondering about the fortunes of any player in particular, you can get in touch using the 'Contact Us' button at the top of the blog and I shall fill you in.

  • 19:19

    Breaking news coming from Quail Hollow and it's not good for Rory McIlroy fans. There have been suspicions for a while now that the rib injury suffered by McIlroy in the early part of the year is a fair bit more serious than was widely reported, and McIlroy has just confirmed that. He has said that his schedule for the rest year is uncertain, saying that he may not play again until next year, meaning he would miss the defence of his FedEx Cup title next month.

    At the fourth Fowler has got his dropped shot back with a stunning iron shot to a few feet and a putt to match at the par three, moving him back to -1.

    Also now at that mark is Jason Day after a birdie at the fifth.

  • 19:22
  • 19:28

    Next on the first tee is the pairing of Grayson Murray (-3) and Louis Oosthuizen (-5).

    You have to feel that if Fowler can post a really low score today he may just have a chance of winning his first major title. To do that he must avoid bogeys and maintain momentum. Over at the fifth that's exactly what he's done. After missing the green with his approach and playing a decidedly average chip up to about 10 feet, he's rattled the par putt into the middle to remain -1. That was a very, very important putt.

    Over at the second Molinari has followed his birdie at the first with a par to remain at -3 while, at the first, Woodland and Brown have opened with pars.

  • 19:30
  • 19:33

    We have another man to -3!

    After stiffing his approach at the second Woodland has tapped in his putt for a birdie three to join Molinari and Murray in the tie for sixth.

    Now, back to the first we go and the two-ball that is sure to take the biggest crowds today. It's Hideki and Justin time!

  • 19:40

    Matsuyama absolutely flushes a drive over the corner of the dogleg and out onto the first fairway, 330 yards down there.

    Thomas follows him but actually hits it too well, taking it all the way into the fairway bunker 340 yards away!

    Up at the first green it's not the start Oosthuizen wanted as as he lets a short par putt slide past. That's the South African back to -4. He's playing with a taped up arm today after jarring it against a tree root yesterday. That root also put paid to his 8-iron and he's got a brand new one in the bag today.

  • 19:41

    -7: Kisner

    -6: Stroud, Matsuyama

    -5: Thomas

    -4: Oosthuizen (1)

    -3: Murray (1), Woodland (2), Molinari (3)

    -2: Reavie (3), DeLaet (1), Reed (1), Woodland (2), Brown (2)

    Irish leaderboard: +1: McIlroy (F:68), +5: Lowry (F:72)

    If you're wondering about the fortunes of any player in particular, you can get in touch using the 'Contact Us' button at the top of the blog and I shall fill you in.

  • 19:44

    The final two-ball of Kisner and Stroud are on the first tee box!

    Up on the fairway Matsuyama is wasting no time in making his move. A glorious approach in to five feet has given him the chance to make the perfect start and tie Kisner before he's even completed a hole.

    From the fairway bunker Thomas turns his shot over where it bounces into a greenside bunker.

  • 19:47
  • 19:48

    From winning his first PGA Tour title to teeing off in the final group on Sunday at the US PGA Championship, it's been some week for Chris Stroud. At the first he leaks his tee shot right a little where it settles in the rough.

    Kisner bombs one straight over the corner and out onto the fairway.

  • 19:52

    Matsuyama misses a golden chance to take a share of the lead!  

    His five-footer for birdie at the first is fiendishly quick down the hill and it slips straight right, leaving him to settle for a par.

    Alongside him it's been an eventful start for Thomas. After finding the bunker with his approach he straight out bladed it over the green into the bunker on the opposite side of the putting surface. From there it was a much tougher bunker shot down the slope and it rolls out to 20 feet. However, he confidently rattles in the putt to get out of there without any disastrous consequences.

    Meanwhile, at the second Murray has rolled in a 15 foot birdie putt to get to -4 alongside Thomas and Ootshuizen after the South African followed his bogey at the first with a par at the second.

  • 20:01

    Back to the first we go and the final group.

    It's been a nervy start for Stroud who missed the green long at the opener and then left his pitch well short. From there his par putt missed right and it's a bogey to start for last week's Baraccuda winner.

    No nerves for Kisner however, but no birdie either despite a good chance. His approach left him 10 feet up the hill to take a two shot lead but it just caught the right edge and stayed out.

  • 20:05

    It's a perfect response for Thomas. After finding the fairway with his drive at the second he fired a 7-iron straight down the pin where it settled 15 feet away. From there his putt was right in the centre all the way and he gets back to -5, now alongside Stroud.

    However, he's also now alongside playing partner Matsuyama. That's after the Japanese failed to hit the green with his approach and then failed to get up and down, winding up with a five.

    But the biggest mover so far is Captain America Patrick Reed. After a rare birdie at the par four third he very nearly canned his tee shit at the the par three fourth before rolling in the putt for a two to get to -3.

    -7: Kisner (1)

    -5: Matsuyama (2), Thomas (2), Stroud (1)

    -4: Oosthuizen (3), Murray (3)

    -3: Woodland (4), Molinari (5), Reed (4)

    -2: Fowler (7), Brown (5)

    Irish leaderboard: +1: McIlroy (F:68), +5: Lowry (F:72)

    If you're wondering about the fortunes of any player in particular, you can get in touch using the 'Contact Us' button at the top of the blog and I shall fill you in.

  • 20:10

    Pretty contrasting fortunes on the greens for Thomas and Matsuyama so far with the American holing two 15/20 footers in the first two holes while Matsuyama has missed a five footer for birdie and a seven footer for par.

    Back down the second fairway Kisner's approach leaks a little right but catches a piece of the green and does well to hold onto the edge instead of slipping down into the bunker.

    Alongside him Stroud finds the heart of the green, leaving an outside chance for birdie.

    Meanwhile, over at the eighth Fowler's move to -2 didn't last long with a bogey dropping him back to -1.

  • 20:13

    What a shot from Matsuyama at the third!  

    After finding the fairway with his drive, his approach cannons off the pin, almost dropping into the hole before kicking 20 feet to the left. What a bad stroke of luck after such a perfect shot.

    Meanwhile, Thomas's approach missed the green left but hung onto the fringe. From there he has a fairly flat pitch which he'll actually fancy his chances of holing.

  • 20:15

    Kisner stays cool to maintain his two-shot lead.

    His long birdie putt at the second missed on the low side and rolled out to five feet. However, he confidently finds the middle of the hole with the par putt to remain at -7.

    Alongside him Stroud's birdie putt looks in all the way but slips to the left right at the end and, somehow, stays out.

    Finally, check out this incredible shot from Jon Rahm!

  • 20:15
  • 20:20

    Thomas's eventful start continues at the third. He did indeed fancy making that chip, taking the flag out and everything. However, he's a little heavy-handed and it rolls on to six feet. From there his putt stays right and lips out. That drops him back to -4.

    Alongside him Matsuyama fails to make birdie after that approach which smacked off the flag. He remains at -5 and two behind Kisner.

    -7: Kisner (2)

    -5: Matsuyama (3), Stroud (2)

    -4: Oosthuizen (4), Murray (4), Thomas (3)

    -3: Woodland (5), Molinari (6), Reed (4)

    -2: Kang (7), Brown (5)

    Irish leaderboard: +1: McIlroy (F:68), +5: Lowry (F:72)

    If you're wondering about the fortunes of any player in particular, you can get in touch using the 'Contact Us' button at the top of the blog and I shall fill you in.

  • 20:26

    Not a lot of movement from the chasing pack yet but Francesco Molinari is trying to change that. He's taken full advantage of the par five seventh, adding a four there to a birdie at the first to move to -4.

    At the hole ahead Sung Kang has rolled in a birdie of his own to get to -2 for the day and -3 for the tournament. Apart from that no one is getting too close to Kisner.

    However, Stroud has a chance to at the third. After pitching his approach right next to the pin it released out to the back of the green from where he will face about 12 feet for birdie down the slope.

    After missing the fairway with his drive, playing partner Kisner was forced to lay up with his second. From there he's pitched up to about six feet. That will be his first big test on the greens - a crucial par putt to maintain a two shot lead.

  • 20:28

    At the par three fourth Matsuyama fires a dart straight down the throat of the flag but, like Stroud's, it kicks out to 25 feet or so. From there he lags it down to tap in distance, takes his par and moves on to the fifth at -5.

    It's also a par for Thomas, despite leaving himself 12 feet or so for birdie across the slop. However, his effort stayed right and refused to drop, meaning he remains at -4.

  • 20:30

    -7: Kisner (3)

    -5: Matsuyama (4), Stroud (3)

    -4: Molinari (7), Oosthuizen (5), Thomas (4)

    -3: Kang (8), Woodland (6), Reed (6)

    -2: Murray (5)

    Irish leaderboard: +1: McIlroy (F:68), +5: Lowry (F:72)

    If you're wondering about the fortunes of any player in particular, you can get in touch using the 'Contact Us' button at the top of the blog and I shall fill you in.

  • 20:37

    Kisner hasn't looked too flustered yet today with the pressure of leading a major championship in the final round. However, he never seems to look flustered at anything, maintaining that icy cool demenour at all times. But he may soon have his lead slashed.

    That's because, at the par three fourth Stroud has fired a gorgeous high iron shot in to kick-in distance and has that to get to -6.

    Kisner's effort is pin high in the middle of the green but will leave a tricky two putt over a ridge.

    Ahead at the fifth, Thomas found the fairway with his drive. From there he flighted a 9-iron in to about 10 feet below the hole, leaving a very makeable birdie putt up the hill.  

    Matsuyama, coming from a fairway bunker, misses the green left and his ball crashes into another bunker. The world number two was quite out of sorts yesterday, shooting 73, and looks somewhat out of sorts so far today as well.

  • 20:40

    Kisner's lead is cut to one!

    From only a few feet at the fourth Stroud makes no mistake with his putt for a two and moves to -6.

    Kisner, coming across that ridge from 30 feet, does well to two-putt for a fourth consecutive par.

    Meanwhile, ahead at the fifth, Thomas fails to take advantage of that excellent approach as his putt starts right and stays right. He settles for a par and remains at -4.

    Matsuyama, now into third on his own after that Stroud birdie, stays there thanks to a super up-and-down from the greenside bunker.

    This final round needs a spark, and quickly.

  • 20:42

    -7: Kisner (4)

    -6: Stroud (4)

    -5: Matsuyama (5)

    -4: Molinari (8), Oosthuizen (6), Thomas (5)

    -3: Woodland (7), Reed (6)

    -2: Kuchar (15), Kang (9), Murray (6)

    Irish leaderboard: +1: McIlroy (F:68), +5: Lowry (F:72)

    If you're wondering about the fortunes of any player in particular, you can get in touch using the 'Contact Us' button at the top of the blog and I shall fill you in.

  • 20:46

    Ok, we need some movement here. Particularly from Matsuyama or Thomas. We need one of them to make a charge and this final round to really heat up.

    At the par three sixth they have, at least, both given themselves chances. Matsuyama is the closer of the two, facing 12 feet across the hill while Thomas faces about double that from the other side.

    But maybe the move will come from further back!

    After dropping a shot at the sixth, Reed has got it straight back at the par five seventh to move to -4 and just three behind.

  • 20:51

    Interesting Patrick Reed fact: His best finish at a major championship is a tie for 12th.

    When you think about it, it's ridiculous that he even features in the "best player without a major" conversation.

    Back to the golf we go and Stroud is the man making the big move now. After his birdie at the fourth, he's knocked another lovely approach shot into 12 feet at the fifth. That's to tie Kisner for the lead.

    And it may even be to take the lead on his own. After finding the fairway bunker with his drive, Kisner's approach flies over the green and settles into the Bermuda rough, leaving a long pitch down the green to the front flag.

  • 20:54

    Matsuyama makes a move!

    Exactly what the doctor ordered, last week's Bridgestone Invitational winner rolls in his 12 footer for a two at the sixth to join Stroud at -6, just one behind Kisner.

    After those two long putts made in the first two holes, Thomas's supply has gone a bit dry on the greens. From 25 feet he watches as his birdie effort narrowly misses on the left once again and he remains at -4, three behind.

    One better than him now is Oosthuizen! That's after the South African hit the green in two at the par five seventh and successfully negotiated a rollercoaster of an eagle putt in two for a birdie four.

  • 20:58

    Kisner maintains his one shot lead!

    Stroud's birdie chance, up the hill, is a little tentative and just dribbles right at the end to keep him at -6, alongside Matsuyama.

    Kisner, after flying the green with his second, pitched beautifully down to four feet and rolled in yet another solid putt for his fifth consecutive par. I reckon if he does a Nick Faldo and cards 18 pars he gets at least a playoff here.

    -7: Kisner (5)

    -6: Matsuyama (6), Stroud (5)

    -5: Oosthuizen (7)

    -4: Molinari (9), Reed (7), Thomas (6)

    -3: Kang (10), Woodland (8), Murray (7)

    -2: Smith (16), DeLaet (7)

    Irish leaderboard: +1: McIlroy (F:68), +5: Lowry (F:72)

    If you're wondering about the fortunes of any player in particular, you can get in touch using the 'Contact Us' button at the top of the blog and I shall fill you in.

  • 21:02

    Kisner looks thoroughly unflappable so far and may just extend his lead to two in a few minutes.

    That's after a piercing 5-iron, moving left-to-right at the par three sixth, settled 12 feet to the right of the pin.

    And there could be trouble for Stroud. His 5-iron is dispatched straight at the pin but it's a yard too short and crashes into the front bunker, leaving very little green to work with.

  • 21:04
    Mary C Rogan Where is Shane Lowry ?
  • 21:04
    He finished a fair few hours ago with a final round 72 and a total of +5.
  • 21:07

    Kisner takes a two shot lead!

    And it's thanks to another solid par, but also a mistake from Stroud.

    The Texan's bunker shot came up about six feet shy and, from there, his par putt slid left and stayed out.

    Kisner, with a birdie putt to take a three shot lead, sets it well out right. It tracks in towards the hole and looks promising but comes up inches short. That's par number six in six holes.

    Over at the par five 10th Molinari found a sticky lie for his third shot and could only gouge it out to 20 feet. From there two putts completes a front nine of 33 for the Italian and he turns homeward bounds only three off the lead in search of his maiden major title.

  • 21:11

    Matsuyama ties Kisner for the lead!

    Finally, the Texan has been caught! After finding the green in two at the par five seventh, Matsuyama lagged his long eagle putt holeside very nicely and tapped in his birdie putt to make it two-in-a-row and take a share of the lead.

    Alongside him, and from an almost identical position, Thomas does the same to get to -5 alongside Stroud and Oosthuizen.

    Suddenly it's all kicking off!

  • 21:14

    -7: Matsuyama (7), Kisner (6)

    -5: Oosthuizen (8), Thomas (7), Stroud (6)

    -4: Reed (8), Murray (8)

    -3: Molinari (10), DeLaet (9)

    -2: Smith (17), Fowler (12), Woodland (9), DeLaet (8)

    Irish leaderboard: +1: McIlroy (F:68), +5: Lowry (F:72)

    If you're wondering about the fortunes of any player in particular, you can get in touch using the 'Contact Us' button at the top of the blog and I shall fill you in.

  • 21:18

    Trouble for Kisner!

    The American has made his first mistake of the day at the seventh. After a perfect drive at the par five, he switched to a shorter club for his second shot but left it short where it splashed into the water! After taking a drop he's spub a wedge up to 15 feet and will have that to save a par and maintain a share of the lead.

    Alongside him Stroud laid up. From there he pushed his wedge slightly where it caught the green and spun further right, barely staying up on the surface. Lucky boy.

    And we have some movement in the pack as well! After that birdie at the 12th, Fowler has followed it up with another at the 13th and is now up to -3 and four behind. Will we see a late surge from the American similar to Sawgrass in 2015?

  • 21:21

    A correction on an earlier post: Molinari in fact bogeyed the par five 10th, meaning he went around his front nine in 34 shots and sits four back at -3.

  • 21:24

    Matsuyama takes the outright lead!

    After that wedge shot for his fourth at the par five seventh, Kisner fails to save the par and slips back to -6.  

    Up ahead at the eighth Matsuyama makes a glorious up-and-down from the thick Bermuda rough to save par and go one clear.  

    Thomas also makes par, after a two-putt from 20 feet, to keep himself two back.

    But Rickie Fowler is not out of this just yet! After those back-to-back birdies at 12 and 13 he's driven the green at the short par four 14th, leaving 25 feet for eagle. That's to get to -4!

  • 21:26

    Molinari has made up for that bad bogey at the 10th with a birdie at the 11th and is now back to -4 and within three.

    -7: Matsuyama (8)

    -6: Kisner (7)

    -5: Oosthuizen (9), Thomas (8), Stroud (7)

    -4: Molinari (11), Reed (9)

    -3: Fowler (13), Woodland (10), DeLaet (9), Murray (9)

    Irish leaderboard: +1: McIlroy (F:68), +5: Lowry (F:72)

  • 21:31

    We have yet another mover!

    At the par five 10th Reed launched his second shot in to 12 feet. That's for eagle to get within one shot of the lead. He starts it out to the right, it catches the break and turns in ... but not quite enough!

    However, that's a solid birdie four for Reed and he's now -5 and just two behind Matsuyama.

    Also putting for eagle is Fowler at 14. His long effort lags up to the hole nicely and he tidies up for birdie - his third in a row - to get to -4.

    Meanwhile, Kisner is finding all sorts of trouble now. Is it all unravelling? His approach to the eighth flies to the back of the green and kicks into the heavy Bermuda where it sits right down, leaving an almost impossible pitch shot.

  • 21:36

    Justin Thomas!

    Suddenly this PGA Championship is igniting, just as we wanted it to!

    After a mediocre approach to the ninth, Thomas rattles in a raker of a birdie putt that's met with wild celebrations by the gallery and moves the American to -6 and within one.

    That's still within one of Matsuyama after he two-putted for par to remain at -7.

    But we have even more movement.

    Back at the eighth Stroud played a lovely approach to six feet and found the bottom of the cup with his putt to join Thomas at -6.

    He also sits alongside Kisner after the American did superbly well just to keep his pitch from over the back on the green, and then holed out the putt for par!

    And, finally, Molinari has followed his birdie at the 11th with another at the 12th and now he's at -5.  

    Out of nowhere it's all going off!

    -7: Matsuyama (9)

    -6: Thomas (9), Stroud (8), Kisner (8)

    -5: Oosthuizen (9), Molinari (12), Reed (10)

    -4: Fowler (14)

    -3: Woodland (11), DeLaet (10), Murray (9)

    Irish leaderboard: +1: McIlroy (F:68), +5: Lowry (F:72)

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  • 21:37
  • 21:39

    At the 10th, Thomas pulls his drive left into the trees and pleads with it to "get lucky" ... and it has!

    It cracks a branch and shoots back out onto the fairway. Is that the sort of luck you need to win a major?

    Matsuyama smacks his tee shot straight down the fairway and will have a good look at the green in two at the par five.

    Over we go to Fowler at the 15th...

  • 21:43

    After finding the fairway with his drive, he goes for the green in two. His ball lands just short and left but kicks a little away from the green. However, it looks to be sitting up nicely and an up-and-down from there will move him to -5 heading into the Green Mile.

    Back to the final group we go. After splaying his drive right at the ninth, Stroud faces 240 yards from the rought for his approach. He lays into a four iron, getting it to shoot out and chase ... which it does perfectly! It catches the hump in the middle of the green and feeds around to about 10 feet. That's to tie the lead!

    Kisner, from the left rough and much further up, is a club short with his approach, leaving 25 feet for birdie up the hill.

    Back at the 10th, Thomas takes full advantage of that lucky break by cracking a 3-wood 320 yards (!) to the back of the green. Up-and-down from there and he ties the lead as well!

    The man currently leading is Matsuyama and he also goes for the green in two but tugs it slightly where it finds a greenside bunker.

  • 21:45

    Four birdies in a row for Fowler!

    A perfect pitch from the left of the 15th green, tracks up to a foot. From there he taps in for yet another birdie and moves to -5! Could this finally be the day that the best player without a major actually wins a major?

  • 21:46
  • 21:49

    Stroud ties Matsuyama for the lead!

    After that glorious 240 yard 4-iron from the rough at the ninth, Stroud takes full advantage to roll in the birdie putt and get to -7.

    It seems as if the only man not really making a move at the moment is Kisner. He has to settle for another par at the ninth - his eighth on the front nine - to remain at -6.

    Ladies and gents, we're into the final nine of the final major of the year!

  • 21:49
    You Can't Con Houlihan "the best player without a mjor actually wins a major?" I'll have Cunning Linguists decode that and get back to you.
  • 21:50

    Apologies for the one missing letter in the last few thousand typed. Hope it doesn't derail the whole blog.

  • 21:54

    Matsuyama takes the lead on his own!

    After finding the bunker in two at the 10th he catches his shot a little thin but it stops up 20 feet or so from the hole. No worries for Hideki however as he rattles it in for another birdie and to regain his one shot lead.

    However, Thomas manages to stay within one of him. After a scrappy pitch from the back of the green to 10 feet or so he tickles his birdie putt down the slope. It slides left but looks to drop in at deadweight. However, it hangs on the lip for one second ... two seconds ... three seconds ... four seconds ... five seconds ... six seconds ... seven seconds ... eight seconds ... nine seconds ... 10 secon - ... it drops!

    Hold tight for a video of that dramatic moment!

  • 21:54
  • 21:56

    -8: Matsuyama (10)

    -7: Thomas (10), Stroud (9)

    -6: Kisner (9)

    -5: Fowler (15), Molinari (13), Reed (11), Oosthuizen (10)

    -3: DeLaet (11), Murray (10)

    Irish leaderboard: +1: McIlroy (F:68), +5: Lowry (F:72)

    If you're wondering about the fortunes of any player in particular, you can get in touch using the 'Contact Us' button at the top of the blog and I shall fill you in.

  • 21:56
    Alan Morton Really enjoying the commentary from the South of Spain. My only source of info. First major missed on the telly in many many years. Keep it up!
  • 22:00

    Thanks Alan, no Spaniards on the board unfotunately, just a lone Italian flying the flag for Europe.

    And he may just be taking the trophy back to Italy. Over at the 14th he's rolled in his fifth birdie of the day to move to -6 and just two behind.

    Out of nowhere this championship has notched up about 10 levels and there are now eight players or so in with a legitimate chance of getting their hands on the Wanamker Trophy.


  • 22:05

    Over at the 12th Oosthuizen has dropped a shot after a dreadful drive forced him to pitch out sideways.

    But suddenly Kisner isn't out of this yet! After finding the apron of the green in two at the par five 10th he completely chunked his pitch shot, leaving a 25-footer for birdie. But he's only gone and knocked it right in the middle! That gets Kisner back to level par for the day and -7, one behind Matsuyama.

    Speaking of Matsuyama, his approach to the 11th leaked right and settled down in the Bermuda. From there his pitch jumped out and has rolled six feet past. He'll have that to maintain his lead.

    Alongside him, Thomas fired another bullet of an approach at the pin and was a little unlucky when it bounced hard and chased out to the back of the green. From there it's two putts, a solid par and the pressure on Matsuyama.

    Over at the 16th Fowler has done well to get down in two to save par. He's -5 with two to play. You have to imagine he needs at least one birdie to post a number that has any sort of chance.

  • 22:09

    We have a four way tie for the lead!

    And they're all players looking for their first major title. After that pitch shot flew out of the rough at the 11th, Matsuyama's par putt started right and stayed right, catching the lip and jumping out. That's a dropped shot and now all off a sudden we have a four way tie but we also have Molinari within one and Fowler and Reed within two!

    -7: Matsuyama (11), Thomas (11), Kisner (10), Stroud (10)

    -6: Molinari (14)

    -5: Fowler (16), Reed (12)

    -4: Oosthuizen (11)

    -3: DeLaet (12), Murray (11)

    Irish leaderboard: +1: McIlroy (F:68), +5: Lowry (F:72)

    If you're wondering about the fortunes of any player in particular, you can get in touch using the 'Contact Us' button at the top of the blog and I shall fill you in.

  • 22:13

    We have a five-way tie for the lead!

    Francesco Molinari wants a piece of that leading action and he's got it! After two good hits to just short of the par five 15th green, he pitches up towards the flag but it catches the false front and slides back off the putting surface. But that doesn't matter to the Italian because he takes the putter anyway and finds the middle of the cup!

    After three and a half days of pretty mediocre watching, our patience has been royally rewarded!

    -7: Molinari (15), Matsuyama (11), Thomas (11), Kisner (10), Stroud (10)

    -5: Fowler (16), Reed (13)

    -4: Oosthuizen (12)

    -2: Reavie (15), DeLaet (13), Murray (12)

    Irish leaderboard: +1: McIlroy (F:68), +5: Lowry (F:72)

  • 22:15

    Okay, everybody breathe for a minute.

    There are seven holes left in the US PGA Championship and we have a five-way tie for the lead. Who wins?

  • 22:17

    Clutch putt for Fowler!

    After missing the green right at the par three 17th he pitched up to 10 feet. If he's to have any chance he needs to make it and remain within two shots with a hole to play...

    And he drains it! Right in the centre and that's why he's statistically the best putter on the PGA Tour.

    But the lead is now reduced to four players. That's after Kisner missed the green at the 11th and failed to get up-and-down, his par putt lipping out on the right. He slips back to -6.

  • 22:20

    Trouble for Matsuyama.

    His approach at the 12th flew way, way over the back, settling right down in the Bermuda and leaving virtually no shot. Unsurprisingly he duffs it a few yards in front of him. However, with a better lie from there he plays a lovely bump and run down to four feet and rattles in the putt to limit the damage to a bogey. Another man falls out of the tie for the lead.

    And, all of a sudden, the five-way tie have become a two-way tie. That's after Stroud, like Kisner, failed to get up and down at the 11th and he also slips back to -6.

  • 22:23

    After another gorgeous approach to the 12th, Thomas has a good chance to take the lead on his own at eight under. It's about 12 feet up the hill, left-to-right and he hits a good putt but it slides right and stays out. He remains at -7.

    However, he may soon lead on his own anyway. That's after Molinari's approach to the 16th shot right and sat down in the Bermuda. From there he can only pitch it to 12 feet and has that for par to remain in a tie for the lead. That is a massive putt for the Italian. He needs to maintain the momentum which has him at -5 for the day.

  • 22:25

    Patrick Reed moves within one of the lead!

    After finding the green with his tee shot at the driveable par four 14th he lags his long eagle putt down to a few feet and tidies up for a birdie three.

    Over at the 18th, Fowler has found some trouble. After driving into the trees he pitched out onto the fairway . However, from there he's punched a lovely wedge shot in to eight feet. That's for par and a clubhouse lead of -5.

  • 22:27

    Justin Thomas leads on his own!

    Just 10 minutes after there was a five-way tie for the lead, Thomas is now out there on his own!

    That's because Molinari failed to save the par on the 16th and he joins the logjam at -6.

    -7: Thomas (12)

    -6: Molinari (16), Reed (14), Matsuyama (12), Kisner (11), Stroud (11)

    -5: Fowler (17)

    -4: Oosthuizen (13)

    -2: Reavie (15), Murray (13)

    Irish leaderboard: +1: McIlroy (F:68), +5: Lowry (F:72)

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  • 22:30

    Rickie Fowler!

    This man is made of absolute steel on the greens!  

    After clutch par putts at the 16th and 17th he adds another one at the 18th, this time to complete an up-and-down from over 100 yards, and posts the clubhouse lead at -5.

  • 22:33


    The leaders approach to the par three 13th flew long and settled on the back fringe. However, from there, he's only gone and pitched it in!

    That's a birdie two and he now leads by two shots.

    And make that three shots from Matsuyama. That's after the Japanese left himself too much to do with after his tee shot and wound up with another bogey to slip back to -5.

  • 22:34
  • 22:38

    Reed is making a real move now and has just come within inches of tying the lead.

    After two big hits to the back of the par five 15th green he bumped a lovely pitch down the green which took the break and looked like it might drop for an eagle before slipping past. However, he's rolled it in for birdie and is now second on his own at -7 and -5 for the day.

    -8: Thomas (13)

    -7: Reed (15)

    -6: Molinari (16), Stroud (11)

    -5: Fowler (F:67), Matsuyama (13), Kisner (12)

    -4: Oosthuizen (14)

    -3: DeLaet (14)

    Irish leaderboard: +1: McIlroy (F:68), +5: Lowry (F:72)

  • 22:42

    As you can see there, Kisner bogeyed the 12th to slip back to -5 and, now at +2 for the day, is surely out of this. Matsuyama, as well, has absolutely no momentum after those three bogeys in a row.

    Okay, let's get out to the leader at the short par four 14th. He opts not to go for the green, instead taking a 4-iron to lay up. However, it's a shocker of a tee shot, flying way right. From there he's pitched to the front of the green and will face 25 feet or so for birdie. Not bad, considering.

    Alongside him Molinari laid up perfectly and has chipped up to a few inches. That will be a birdie and gets one of those drop shots back.

    Up at the 17th Molinari made a solid par to go to the 18th at -6. His drive flew right and landed in the fairway bunker. From there he'll be able to get to the green and needs to get down in three for par to take the clubhouse lead off Molinari.

  • 22:44

    Thomas saves his par.

    That's a big, big save. Especially with the par five 15th coming up. A good lag up to two feet, followed by an assured strokes gives him the par four and means he retains his one shot lead.

    However, Matsuyama is only two back now after his birdie. Could the Japanese stage a miraculous comeback?

  • 22:48

    Louis Oosthuizen!

    What's going to happen next?!

    At the par five 15th Oosthuizen, who was seemingly out of this, has pitched in for an eagle three to get to six under and now just two behind!

    Meanwhile, all of the energy has drained right out of the final group. A bogey for Stroud at the 13th has slipped him back to -5 alongside Kisner.

    -8: Thomas (14)

    -7: Reed (15)

    -6: Molinari (17), Oosthuizen (15), Matsuyama (14)

    -5: Fowler (F:67) Kisner (13), Stroud (13)

    -3: DeLaet (15)

    Irish leaderboard: +1: McIlroy (F:68), +5: Lowry (F:72)

  • 22:51

    Molinari was too close to the lip in the bunker at the 18th so was forced to lay up. He'll now have about 90 yards to get up-and-down and take the clubhouse lead off Rickie Fowler at -6.

    He bravely flies his pitch all the way up to the pin - which is tucked in the back left corner beside the water - but it grabs and spins up to five feet! If he can roll that in hell set the mark of -6.

  • 22:52
    Over at the 15th Thomas has absolutely bombed his drive down the fairway! It carried 322 yards in the air and rolled out to 344. That will leave him with just a mid-iron in to the par five. The adrenaline is absolutely coarsing through him now. Can he get over the line and claim that first major?
  • 22:55

    Molinari makes it!

    What a par that is after having to lay up! He rolls in the left-to-right putt to complete a magnificent round of 67 and set the clubhouse lead at -6.

    One better than that at the moment is Reed. After leaving his approach at the 16th a good 70 feet from the pin, he's lagged a superb putt up to a few feet and tapped in for par. What a two-putt that was! Reed remains at -7.

  • 22:57

    At the 15th Matsuyama fires at the green with a 4-iron but it sprays way right into the gallery, leaving a devilish pitch down to the green.

    Thomas, left with only a 5-iron, hits about three inches behind the ball and chunks it only about 100 yards up the fairway! The first sign of nerves?

  • 22:59

    Well maybe Kevin Kisner isn't out of this just yet. At the short par four 14th his tee shot finished just short of the green and, from there, he got down in two for a much-needed birdie to move to -6.

    Back to Thomas at the 15th...

  • 23:03

    His pitch up to the green lands 20 feet short and spins back a little. Not a great effort and he may be getting a bit shaky now.

    We'll be able to see from his putt which, despite it all, is still for birdie and to extend his lead to two.

    It's left-to-right, down the hill...

    It looks good all the way but just doesn't quite have the pace as it dies right at the end and stays out! A great effort but no dice for Thomas and he remains at -8.

    And he's now got Matsuyama breathing down his neck!

    The Japanese has pulled himself right back into this with a 12 foot birdie putt right into the middle of the cup after a good pitch from the right hands side. That's two birdies in a row to follow up three consecutive bogeys.

    The leader is into the Green Mile...

  • 23:07

    Oosthuizen drops a shot at the 16th and may just have dropped out of contention. Facing 90 feet for his birdie he had little or no chance of getting it close and, three putts later, he's back to -5.

    Over at the 17th, Reed was faced with another long birdie putt to negotiate in two. And he's done it! Two clutch two-putts from Captain America in the last two holes and he now needs a par at the last to take the clubhouse lead himself at -7.

    -8: Thomas (15)

    -7: Reed (17), Matsuyama (15)

    -6: Molinari (F:67), Kisner (14)

    -5: Fowler (F:67) Oosthuizen (16) Stroud (14)

    -3: DeLaet (16)

    Irish leaderboard: +1: McIlroy (F:68), +5: Lowry (F:72)

  • 23:13
  • 23:14

    Matsuyama very nearly sees his chances plunge into the lake at the 16th but gets a huge stroke of luck. His approach flies to the back of the green - he's done that a few times today - and it kicks down the bank towards the water but, somehow, holds up. That is some stroke of luck but can he take advantage?

    Thomas, coming from the rough as well, squirts one out down the right where it chases into the bunker. That should be okay though, it doesn't look to be the toughest of bunker shots.

    Over at the 18th Reed needs a par to take the clubhouse lead from Molinari. And he'll need to do a Molinari on it. That's after his drive failed to draw back and found the right fairway bunker.

  • 23:17

    Kevin Kisner isn't out of this!

    He found the par five 15th in two and has two-putted for birdie to jump back to -7 and join Matsuyama and Reed. That is some fightback from a man who looked down and out with no momentum. However, those two birdies in the last two holes have pulled him right back.

    Okay, back to Thomas and Matsuyama at the 16th...

  • 23:20

    Thomas flies a super bunker shot all the way up the green to about six feet. That's for par and to maintain his lead with two to play. His heart must be coming through his chest, this is as nervy as it gets...

    And he makes it!

    What a clutch putt from Thomas.

    Now, can Matsuyama match him. His pitch from the back was a good one and actually got inside Thomas's. However, his putt never broke as he expected it to and it lipped out. That's another bogey and he slips back to -6. He is still yet to have a par on the back nine.

    Let's go to the 18th and Reed. Can he make a par and set the target at -7?

  • 23:21

    From the fairway bunker he launched an excellent shot to the front apron, leaving a pitch all the way up the green to the back left flag.

    He goes for a wedge instead of an 8 or 9-iron to run it out and it checks up on him, stopping 12 feet short. That's a poor shot but he'll at least have a chance of the par and the clubhouse lead.

  • 23:22

    Reed misses.

    That was all down to the poor chip shot, leaving him too much to do for the par. However, it's a 67, matching Molinari, and it matches the Italian's clubhouse lead at -6.

    Can anyone beat that?

  • 23:26

    Justin Thomas!

    Well he may have just hit the shot that will claim him a first major title. At the par three 17th, facing 220 yards of carry over water, he absolutely bursts a 7-iron into the heart of the green where it releases out, catches a knuckle and finishes 10 feet away. What a shot!

    If he can roll that in he'll have one hand on the Wanamaker Trophy. This is magnificent viewing.

  • 23:28

    -8: Thomas (16)

    -7: Kisner (15)

    -6: Matsuyama (16), Molinari (F:67), Reed (F:67)

    -5: Fowler (F:67) Oosthuizen (17) Stroud (15)

    -3: DeLaet (17)

    Irish leaderboard: +1: McIlroy (F:68), +5: Lowry (F:72)

  • 23:30

    Matsuyama was faced with about 40 feet for birdie at the 17th and gave it a seriously good go but it stops a foot short, right in the jaws! He stays at -6 and two behind.

    But is he about to go three behind?

  • 23:32


    Matsuyama does go three behind and Kevin Kisner goes two behind. Thomas's birdie putt after that magnificent 7-iron slid left right at the end but grabbed the edge and dropped in! What an incredible putt!

    Thomas takes a two shot lead down the last hole.

  • 23:33

    But we now have a three-way tie for the clubhouse lead!

    Up at the 18th green Oosthuizen has rolled in a 50 foot birdie putt to sign for a round of 70 and join Reed and Molinari in the clubhouse at -6.

    Surely it's Thomas's to win now though?

  • 23:34

    But it certainly won't come easy, as no major win does.  

    With the nerves rattling around his body, Thomas lets his drive spray right and into the Molinari/Reed fairway bunker. A bogey may just be enough for the win but he'll be thinking par or nothing.

  • 23:37

    Justin Thomas has a three-shot lead.

    It's all turning the right way for the American.

    Back at the 16th Kisner failed to get down in two from the front left of the green and drops back to -6.

    And Matsuyama is also in trouble. His drive at the 18th shot left and bounded through the creek but has held up on the bank. He won't be able to go for the green from there but at least he won't have to take a penalty drop.  

    Justin Thomas, it's in your hands.

  • 23:42

    It is not over yet.

    Thomas takes a 9-iron from the bunker to lay up short but chunks it right and into the Bermuda. And it has sat right down, 88 yards away. Nerves, nerves, lots of nerves.

    On the other side of the fairway Matsuyama did in fact find the water. From there he's taken a drop and fired his third right at the pin but it's run through to the back fringe. That's for par and to join the tie at -6. Surely it won't be enough though? Despite the lie I can't see Thomas taking a triple bogey.

    But then you think of 1999 and Jean van de Velde and you remember anything can happen.

    Anyway, back at the 17th Kisner needs, most likely, to finish birdie, birdie. His tee shot flies right into the heart of the green, pin high and about 35 feet away. It's a chance, anyway/

  • 23:43

    Okay, Thomas is ready to play. Down in three forces Kisner to finish biride, birdie.

    Thomas takes a sand wedge and gouges it out to the middle of the green where it rolls out to the back right. It's hole high and about 40 feet away. That's to win the US PGA Championship and his first major title but two putts should do it.

  • 23:45

    Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Bud Cauley are waiting at the back of the green to congratulate their mate.

    First though, it's Matsuyama to play. And he's duffed his pitch. It rolls out to about six feet but he'll need that to join the huge tie for second.

    Here we go, Thomas for the win...

  • 23:46

    He cosies it up holeside beautifully! What a superb putt that was. He marks to let Matsuyama finish out.  

    Matsuyama holes out for bogey and a total of -5.

  • 23:47

    Kisner's birdie putt misses at the 17th as Thomas taps in for bogey.

    It's now all but wrapped up for the man from Kentucky, unless Kisner somehow eagles the 18th!

  • 23:50

    -8: Thomas (F:68)

    -6: Kisner (17), Oosthuizen (F:70), Molinari (F:67), Reed (F:67)

    -5: Matsuyama (72), Fowler (F:67)

    -4: DeLaet (F;69)

    -2: Stroud (17)

    Irish leaderboard: +1: McIlroy (F:68), +5: Lowry (F:72)

  • 23:51

    Okay, so Kisner needs to hole out from the fairway at the 18th to tie Thomas. It's highly, highly unlikely but you just never know. A perfect drive has given him the chance to do so, anyway.

    Spieth, Fowler and Cauley celebrate with Thomas at the back of the green, along with his parents.

  • 23:51
  • 23:55


    -8: Thomas (F:68)

    -6: Kisner (17), Oosthuizen (F:70), Molinari (F:67), Reed (F:67)

    -5: Matsuyama (72), Fowler (F:67)

    -4: DeLaet (F;69)

    -2: Stroud (17)

    Irish leaderboard: +1: McIlroy (F:68), +5: Lowry (F:72)

  • 23:58
    Kisner needed to hole his shot from the fairway to tie Thomas but turned it over and it found the water. It's a disappointing finish for the man who led going into the final day.
  • 00:02
  • 00:06
  • 00:13

    So, that's that.  

    Justin Thomas breaks through to claim his first major title and a stunning fourth victory of the year. He becomes the eighth first time major winner in the last nine major championships and he thoroughly deserved it. Winning majors comes down to holding your nerve down the stretch and the 24-year-old from Kentucky.  

    The birdie putt that held on the lip and then fell in at the 10th, chip in for birdie at the 13th, the clutch par save from the sand at the 16th and, of course, the birdie two at the 17th were all examples of those moments only a select few can pull out of the bag.

    This will be one of many for Justin Thomas, make no mistake.

    And, with that, it completes our major championship liveblog coverage for the year of 2017. From the drama of the Garcia/Rose shootout at Augusta, to Brooks Koepka taming Erin Hills, to Jordan Spieth's ridiculous last five holes at Royal Birkdale and, finally, to Justin Thomas's exploits at Quail Hollow, it's been a superb year of golf. The countdown is already on to the Masters next April but we still have the FedEx Cup playoffs and the Race to Dubai finale before then.

    Thanks for reading and stay tuned for Philip Reid's report from Quail Hollow which will be online soon, bye!

    -8: Thomas (F:68)

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