Live coverage of the final round at the US PGA Championship from Quail Hollow in Charlotte, North Carolina. Commentary by Peter Alliss, Ken Brown, Maureen Madill and Mark James.
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The US PGA Championship, the final major of the year. Some of the
greats of the major era have lifted the Wanamaker Trophy, but this
Championship has also brought fortune to others. So here we are,
Quail Hollow, North Carolina, a Sunni, stormy setting to the final
major of the year. However, this is a very tough chorus. The green mile,
over 1000 miles, and coupled with the Bermudan grass, major
opportunity could find itself just slipping away. There is no tougher
test, even for the most experienced of golfers. It will be a long wait
to the next opportunity to win a major. Who will take advantage of
that today? Yes, who indeed? Hello and welcome
to the final day of the final major of the season where things are
finely balanced in the hunt to hoist the Wanamaker Trophy. It has been a
punishing 54 holes around Quail Hollow so far and at the start of
the day there were just 15 players under-par with just seven shots
separating the top 20. It all comes down to today. It is a demanding
golf course. If you hit good shots, you will be rewarded, if not, you
will get penalised. At the end of the day I feel so relaxed. You
cannot put any more pressure on. I am going to take my time and enjoy
it. Quail Hollow is a very difficult golf course, you have to take it one
shot at a time and be very careful about each shot. It is a huge deal,
but at the end of the day I want to win this one just as bad as any
other. I have to go out and see what I have got. You do not want to do
anything stupid on the first few holes. Anything can happen when you
are on the 14th tee. I am looking forward to the opportunity. If I
keep hitting the ball on the fairway and making some putts, I will get my
chances. Those are the five leaders, but it is incredibly close. Kevin
Kisner has been there since day one. World number three, Hideki Matsuyama
is just one back. Louis Oosthuizen also fancies his chances of a second
major. Conditions at Quail Hollow are expected to be similar to
yesterday, very warm and humid with barely any winter. There is the
chance of a thunderstorm, but hopefully it can bypass the North
Carolina area. It is up for grabs. Whose name will be etched into PGA
Championship history at the end of the day? But after a fairly slow
start, the birdies are beginning to fall. Hideki Matsuyama shot 64 on
Friday, but he had to scramble for it yesterday. This was his birdie
putt on the past seven. This was the second for Kevin is now at the
par-5/7. It would get wet, but he would escape with just one shot, but
he moved off the lead for the first time since Thursday morning.
Francesco Molinari was right in amongst it after a second-round 64,
but a 74 yesterday had him going into the final round at just
2-under. That put him back up to 4-under par. For someone who has won
five times on the PGA Tour, Majors have not been the most prolific of
their events and yet to register a top ten finish, Patrick Reed. This
was his second shot. It would go very close. He could not convert the
Eagle putt, but it was his fifth birdie of the day to move him to
within two. Rickie Fowler won his first PGA event around Quail Hollow
and was a big favourite coming in. But back-to-back birdies at 12 and
13 had him up to 3-under par and this was his tee shot at the par
414. He had another birdie and he followed it up with his fourth
birdie on the bounce at the next hole. He is within two. Justin
Thomas, a contender at the US open earlier this year, finished off the
pace this time. A birdie on the night had him 1-under and just one
shot off the lead. Back now to Francesco Molinari and his second
shot to the par 4/12. That would be good enough for back-to-back birdies
for the Italian, his fourth of the day, he was now on 5-under par.
Chris Stroud is looking to become the second player from outside the
well's top 200 to win a major. The occasion did not seem to be
affecting him. This was his second shot into the night. On it would
roll towards the flag. That was good enough for a birdie and the Texan
moved into a share of the lead. But the two-way share of the lead did
not last too long. This is Matsuyama on the tenth, a birdie putt. He
would regain the outright lead on 8-under par. Justin Thomas also on
the tenth. This is his birdie putt. It looked to be going in, he thought
it was going in. He was not too keen to get too close to it and tap it
in. Would it drop? Yes, it would. Back-to-back birdies and Thomas
would now go to within one of the league. The 14th hole, and Francesco
Molinari with another birdie opportunity. The third birdie in
four holes. 6-under par. Two off the lead. Back to the overnight leader,
Kevin Kisner at the 10th hole and a birdie opportunity. In that would go
and Kevin Kisner now joins the leaders on 7-under. Matsuyama on the
11th. He had some scrambling to do yesterday. Could he do it again? He
could not. He dropped a shot and he moved back down to 7-under par.
There has been a lot of movement just over the last 45 minutes and it
is a four way tie for the lead. They are lining up behind them. Patrick
Reed is also going along very nicely. Louis Oosthuizen is one of
the few major winners contending today and he is well within touching
distance. What a fantastic finish for Jordan Smith in his first major.
A top 15 will mean that he is back next year. Let's get out on the
course and we go back to join Francesco Molinari with Ken Brown
and Peter Alliss. Francesco Molinari has been plaguing
some wonderful stuff. That was the first week shot he played. It was an
awkward one. Don't go too far, please, please. Where he is standing
on the right, it looks a simple shot. Kevin Kisner is one of the
joint leaders. That is tricky, a lot of Bermuda to
come over. Patrick Reed. 5-under. Certainly there are half a dozen or
more players in with a chance of sneaking this Championship. It is
not a question of boldly winning it and striding out in front as Palmer
and Marco Roy have done in the past. It is tiptoeing to victory. The
clubhead speed is enormous. He has found the fairway nicely. A bit of
mud on his ball. No run on that at all. It stopped a stone dead. I
don't know what he is up to, but he is interesting to watch. The longest
drive of the week. Very inexperienced at this level of play
and he is doing very well indeed. I don't want to start thinking about
it now. Molinari at the 15th. And he has got
it. He has had four birdies since the sixth. What is he up to? Great
stuff in the last hour or so, a bit slow to start.
Chopped right across, too hard. It has left him with a horrible shot.
It is your fault, Kenny. Rickie Fowler is 5-under. This is a
dangerous par-3. That has been a popular spot. Matsuyama is slowly
back and then there is a slight pause and then look out. If you can
believe the tracer... I thought that was dead down the middle. It is the
toughest fairway to find, the 12th. Camry keeper do is one of his bits
of genius? He needs it. -- can Rickie.
There is the balloon giving us pictures from on high. An hour or so
ago it was fiddling about with two or three players in it. Suddenly a
couple of missed shots and suddenly there are half a dozen people in
with a shout. Chez Reavie is playing with
Francesco Molinari. These two have pulled each other along and it can
happen. This is Henrik Stenson. I like watching him play, he is only
1-over. I thought he might be better. But it was not his week.
Finishing in a blaze of glory. A beautiful shot. One of the best we
have seen. Only two birdies at 18 today so far. A slightly
disappointing day for Paul Casey. From here you will not believe how
quick it is. He missed the rage. Scott Brown, a famous Cornish name.
The pride of Cornish golf. Must be a relation. That is the way you do it
in Cornwall. It was a good shot. There is a forecast with more
thunderstorms coming through later on in the afternoon. Temperatures
are in the mid-80s, but with the humidity they feel much warmer. It
is good the way it has all tightened up. The course had won much of the
battles this week. Many of the battles had been won by the course.
Rory McIlroy said in one of his interviews that changing the grass
to Bermuda, which is the basis of the rough, it is like playing in
thick parsley. That was from a tough life. It was
not fluffy. Too far. That was a bad judgment.
Look how far he is over the green. Look at his putting grip. A lovely
natural stroke. This is to save par. That was a confident one. A birdie
at the last is a scarce thing. He will have another chance. Justin
Thomas. Sensational at the beginning of the year, winner of three events.
And he just failed to get that extra bit of kick on, but a good shot. The
atmosphere has completely changed in the last hour. There have been lots
of shouts. Absolutely, the crowd has come to life. Suddenly there is a
spark. That is Kevin Kisner. 53 out of 53, that is better than my
average! He is on the wrong side, Ken. It was
awkward, but he has made life very difficult for himself. This is an
nasty one. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson might conjure up a bit of
magic here. Trying to be too fancy with it. He did not like it at all.
He has still got a horrible shot left. If he could get that in one
putt, there will be some damage, but it will not be irreparable. So much
depends on the lie. Not much break in this. The pressure was on. Time
and time again we have seen him dribble by the edge. What about this
one? He had one go and he fluffed it.
A good result there. Still a little work to do, but it will be a shot
dropped. Matsuyama is going to drop a stroke. He is 6-under. So Justin
Thomas as things stand has the right lead. Others might come into the
equation. Here is Patrick Reed. Whoa. You think they have stopped
and they go dribbling on. Good try. Not the greatest of
starts. Dropped two shots in the first three holes. He birdied one.
He did not get away to a fast start, but now he may well be on his own in
a minute. Taking a long look at this one as if he does not fancy it that
much. Two feet more or less. He should not miss this one. Belt this
one and take the break out of it. That is good. Chris Wood finishes
with 73. 3-over is not bad. Jason Day at the 18th.
2015 PGA champion. Henrik Stenson with a three at the last. Jason Day
is in 12th position. He is not far from being back to his best. The
leaderboard is changing almost minute by minute. Molinari is
struggling at the 16th. He will do well to make a par. But it will be
tricky. Those last three holes will tell a story, 16, 17 and 18. All
that water in play. It is the pressure off your thoughts,
controlling your mind. 24-year-old Jordan Smith was making
his debut this week. He has already picked up a European win this week
and has had a sensational ride into the well's top 100. He gave himself
a chance of getting into the top 15 to get an invite back next year. He
was in the clubhouse. How do you sum up your final day? I am really happy
with the way I played today. It is a bit of a shame about the last, but I
am chuffed with myself about the whole week. You said coming into
this that you are pinching yourself being here, so what was the reality
light of the four days of the event? I am still pinching myself. I have
had some good groups and enjoyed the whole experience and I am happy.
Talk us through the progression you have made from winning the Europe
Road Tour Order of Merit. I won the grand final to win it which got me
into the top five and got me the challenge Tour card and I managed to
win the challenge Tour year after and lucky enough I want the
tournament in Germany a couple of weeks ago which got me into this.
Did you set yourself any goals over the last two years or did you let it
happen? Just let it all happen and enjoying myself. I put some hard
work with my team in back home, but I am still enjoying myself. Have you
got any ambitions? No, I am just enjoying what I am doing and I hope
the progression can keep going. Well done. Well done indeed.
Muddy ball he cries. When there is mud on the ball you cannot control
its direction. It can go anywhere. He misses the green on 16. Bad luck.
Scott Brown is a level par, putting for a birdie. If he keeps going, he
will pick up a very nice cheque and qualify for next year. You can see
how difficult it is to get the pace and the feel of these greens.
I think commercially this has definitely been a great success. The
PGA Championship has always been the Cinderella event for a variety of
reasons. Oh, no. A 6-iron. Miles off line. Not too bad. I thought it was
further left than that. The shot tracker sometimes exaggerate it a
fraction. Joint leader. Fowler at the 18th. You can see the little
stream on the left-hand side. It comes within three or four paces
from the back of the green. That is a good one from Fowler and a nice
bounce forward. A chance of a birdie. It was a terrific shot. He
definitely needs to gather himself together. Oh, it is going down even
further away. That is not too bad. A brilliant shot for Molinari. Oh,
that was a good effort. It is crucial if you drop a shot at this
stage. It is all going wrong everywhere you
look. You can see the nerves taking over now. That is what happens in
this game. Too much time to think. You have to do it cold blooded Lee.
Conscience, competence. Conscious competence. Cold blooded words. A
bit of mud on that, it could have an effect, but it might not. But it
could affect you mentally. You have to go ahead and play it normally. He
has found the fairway. The play here is to play it to the centre of the
green, forget the flag if you think the mud is going to affect it. It is
not all that far. Has he drilled it too hard? That is
all right. This leaderboard is just changing
every few minutes at the moment. We now just have one leader, Justin
Thomas, who is out in front on 7-under par. Francesco Molinari had
a bogey at 16. Matsuyama and Chris Stroud were right up there at the
start of the day and are yet to get their rounds firing. Kevin Kisner is
in trouble again, he was the overnight leader. Louis Oosthuizen
is not having the last round that he would have wanted. Jordan Smith,
1-under par. He is alongside Jason Day in the clubhouse. Former open
champion Henrik Stenson also finishing level par. Paul Casey was
the leading Brit for so long and he finished the day level par and level
par for the Championship. Rory McIlroy is 1-over, alongside Ian
Poulter. Let's get out on the course. Matsuyama is playing his
second on the 13th. That was unlucky. He did not need
that. It is all right talking about controlling spin. This is Rickie
Fowler. In she goes and he has holed a few good ones coming down the
stretch. Home in 32. He did all he could. But a couple of mistakes in
earlier rounds have cost him, but it is a fine total of 5-under.
Thomas, from the other side of the Green, gets it closer than
Matsuyama. They're having their own sort of personal battle. Thomas is
one ahead. Here is Thomas. Didn't like his tee shot, but this looks
relatively straightforward. It's on to the green, a run out. Is it going
to turn a little left to right? Oh, my goodness, it's in the hole.
That's a killer blow for Thomas. There's a little bit of daylight now
between him and the rest of the top of the leaderboard. He goes to
8-under. What time to do a thing like that, Maureen. That's
absolutely brilliant. A little chip from the edge of the green,
beautifully played. Judges the distance to perfection. That's
killer blow. He had a sensational start to the year, won three times
before the daffodils had come out and he's been a little bit quiet
lately, but my word, he's done some good stuff this week. Still a few
holes to go. Matsuyama will have heard those jeers ringing round the
course. He won't know whom four. -- those cheers. Things are slipping
away for the Japanese player now. That's three consecutive bogeys. He
drops down to 5-under. Suddenly, two shot lead for Thomas, over Reed.
Chris Stroud, way back at the 12th. Taling off wildly to the right. Some
of these putts can make you look rather silly. Chipped up from the
edge of the green, not a very good chip in all honesty. Patrick Reed.
He's driven into the ideal place here on 15. The caddy likes the
swing. Right over the banner. What a lovely shot Maureen, that. Just
amazing accuracy. Our Championship leader. Justin Thomas, oh, no, no,
no... Mind your feet. That's just what you didn't want! But it may not
be too bad. Molinari, he's not out of it yet.
His coach will be getting a little nervous. It's safely aboard the
green, a long way away. Now if he could finish par, par, he could set
a good target. Kisner. He dropped one at the last, so he doesn't want
to get that run going. He's 6-under, two behind at the moment.
Back to 5-under, that's three back. How quickly things change out here.
Just a couple of good shots, or a couple of misplaced irons to the
green and suddenly, the leaderboard had five people at 7-under half an
hour ago, now we've got one leader at 8-under. Chris Stroud.
Focus and concentration are key here. One mental slip and a lot of
good, productive work gets wiped out. Matsuyama at the 14th. They
have moved the tees up and down. It's been driven this week. I think
he's got a fair way would, it will put in ten or 15 yards short of the
green, if he really catches it. Miss all the bunkers if you cannot come
off the hill, kick down to the left. Right as you look from... Oh, it
killed its stone dead. But I think it's OK, yes. Although the flag was
near the front it's not an easy pitch to judge. How things change.
Chip in, two shot swing and the blink of an eye. Patrick Reed, we've
seen electrifying performances from him in the Ryder Cup. What has he
got left in his locker? What a delightful touch.
He hardly touched that. Just let the club drop, the weight of the club on
the ball was enough to do it. Have a look at this chip in from Thomas.
Just lobbed it on, you think it can't reach the hole but it kept
coming beautifully along. Look at that. Sheer delight. And why not.
That was beautiful. The relative calm of 16. Gary
Woodland. A tidy par at this most treacherous of holes. There's Chez
Reavie for a birdie at the 17th, a double bogey at the last and that's
not going to quite reach. A lot of these players are battling just for
a good position, if you get a top 15 or 16, you get in automatically for
next year's Championship and also collect a good prize. Graham DeLaet.
Sung Kang must have driven into trouble. This is his third up to the
home green. Yes, well done.
APPLAUSE Chez Reavie finishing off. It's
amazing how often caddies managed to stand in the way, so you can't see
the hole, but we'll know if it goes in. Yes, well done.
Well, it's been a bit of a bruising slog round here over the last four
days. That's how things stand at the moment. Justin Thomas, a slender one
shot lead. Rickie Fowler in the clubhouse at 5-under, that's the
target at the moment. Then looking down, 67 by Dustin Johnson, out
early in the day. Put him to even par. Molinari at the 17th, the long
par-3, this is his second shot. Big swing, very fast, down the hill. Oh,
it's a very good putt. That was a dangerous putt from long range. It
can only be a par, but a good par. Chris Stroud looking down at this
13th green. Flag back left, that once moving left-to-right. We've
seen a few down in that collection area. There have been a few little
divots down there, you just have to hope you don't find one of them.
Now, this is in that deep Bermuda. I like it. Everybody likes it. But can
he do it? It's got to be a bold shot.
Well, Justin Thomas was out in the final pairing in the US Open earlier
in the year and he slumped to a 75, so he'll be hoping to put that
experience to good use. Sung Kang, hoping this is the final shot for
Home Office PGA Championship. Just sneaks past.
Molinari's tee shot at the final hole, he's usually got the
straightest of drives. I don't think he likes it. He's found another
bunker. He did that at the 16th. Cost him a shot. This is very
expensive. But he might get a four. Matsuyama, awkward little second
shot. Is he going to bump it in, just roundabout where Thomas's ball
is? Just kill a little bit of the speed? Or is he going to airmail it?
Up in the air. It's got to be a soft landing. Oh, that's delightful! What
a shot. That's was a very bold, nerveless shot after a few little
mistakes. Very good. Stroud has a bit more green to work
with. It's all about how far up the green he chooses to land this. That
one he wants to run out, a little check and grab. Not bad.
Great crowds. Everyday we've had 20,000, maybe more. Very colourful
gallery. Now, here's our leader. Looks like a putter. Just off the
green, up the hill she comes. Has he done it again? My word, what a good
effort, Maureen. Yes, I was just beginning to think he was making
hard work of that short par-4. Now Kisner, who led this Championship
for so much of the time. Now dropped back to three shots behind. Over the
big swing. Come round left. That's a very good shot from there. Very well
judged indeed. Now Thomas, a little short one for
his par. He taps that want end, he remains in the lead. -- he taps that
one in, he remains in the lead. Parents, friends and family are all
out in the crowd, watching. Gosh, it's a nerve-racking time for them.
Now Matsuyama to get a shot back. To get within two, if he could pop this
in. That's better. A very good little
pitch. He's had a bad run, you see, three shots dropped and 11, 12 and
13. Very untidy. He's still in with a shout, although two behind, with
holes running out. But all sorts of weird and wonderful things can go on
in this game. No, started it too straight. Had to
give that at least a couple of inches of Rome. -- row.
Patrick Reed, this is a dangerous one as well. He's worried, he is
concerned. -- but he is OK. Oosthuizen. Four under. Lovely
little shot, checking up nicely. The cheers are getting louder at its
centre the hole for an eagle for Louis Oosthuizen. He's up to 6-under
par, two behind the leader. Nobody is out of it, really, if those sort
of things could happen. Here's Matsuyama at the 15th, par-5,
monster hole, this one. Well, he didn't hold back there. He
didn't want any great run on that one. He stopped very quickly. Well,
Peter, echoes of the back nine at Augusta, with these cheers ringing
out. Absolutely, it's jolly. Actually, he's not far from the
water and if he really cracks this and get the bounce, he could flirt
with the water. He certainly seemed to catch it full on.
He's all right, it's a very narrow bit of fairway there. You don't have
to be far, as we look down, not far away on the Right there's the water,
but OK. Good drive. Molinari on 18. This bunker is about 300 yards from
the tee. He's found that. Just hoping now for the heart of the
green. No, can't make it all the way back there. Dangerous, dangerous
shot. Well, that's how it looks. 8-under
for Justin Thompson up at the top there. But pick a winner. How many
in the play-off # what are the bets on that?
Well, there have been a few people in with chances, but it hasn't
worried Chez Reavie, here at the final hole. Trying to attack this
back left pin. He's made a pretty good job of it, into the heart of
the green. Scott Brown for a birdie at 17th. Go
on. Oh, it's so difficult to hold a put. -- to hole putt.
Look at those crowds up and down, all the hospitality pavilions on the
right, they're all round the course. Huge amount of effort put into this,
as all Championships are. And Molinari coming up. He's been up,
gone back, if you could just get down in two here, who knows. Well,
if he can get down in two Peter, he'll have the clubhouse lead. I
don't think it will win it for him, but you never know. Has not missed a
cut. He's such a straight player. He had putting woes, didn't hole enough
putts really, but he's one of the most accurate of players. Flag right
at the back of the green today. Click in the yardage. Just play nice
shot. Don't waste your time. Clipped it nicely.
Go on, you little Jim Dandy. I'll! They'll be doing all sorts of
wonderful things in Rome tonight, or somewhere, if he wins this. -- or
cheering, or somewhere. Kisner, trying to ease this down to the
front portion of the green. Got it on yesterday. In fact, he's hit
nearly the identical shot to yesterday. Well played.
What a grand Arena, isn't it? A colourful scene. Birdsong at
Eventide. Delightful. You can see there with the pin at the back how
close the water is. The red line running round. It's that edge of the
hazard. Well, just waiting for his partner
to come up. Political correctness, you can't say partner anymore, you
say playing companion, or your companion for the day. We always
used it years ago say my partner. It didn't mean you were a partner. Just
meant you were the person who was playing alongside you. He seems to
have had a bit of trouble here. But Molinari is OK.
On this new layout here, Molinari sharing the course record with
Hideki Matsuyama. Both shot 64, earlier in the week. Sublime golf
around this track. We have a look at Chez Reavie, trying to bring his
Championship to a close. Never up. 20 club professionals
qualify for this Championship, which is actually owned and run by the
professional goal that -- professional golfers Association, in
conjunction with the Tour, and they have the rights of the Ryder Cup,
which is exactly the same in the UK. They work very closely together and
in today's world they've become the junior partner to the Tours on both
sides of the Atlantic. But it's still quite a feather in your cap to
qualify as a club pro, out there giving your lessons and giving
lessons to the members and ending up playing here. Matsuyama, second to
15, this big swinging right-to-left dogleg. He's got it to the apex of
the hole. Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear Remy.
Where's that? Oh, dear, the flag is front right. You won't have much to
work with. That's severely difficult for Matsuyama. No cry of four, I
know he doesn't speak English but he might have learned to shout that.
Reed, huge putt on 16. I tell you what, that's a good effort, isn't
it? That's a tremendous effort. This is the first time we've seen this
sort of form from Reed in Majors. Wages to his electrifying
performances in the cup. Here we go, Molinari, for a par. Oh, well done.
Well done indeed. I don't think it will be quite good enough but what a
wonderful four days from Molinari. Just a couple of drops shots in the
back nine and there we are, home in 34, 33 at 67, one of the best rounds
of today. Thomas, 5-iron. It's huge hitting. That was just a mis-hit.
Nothing more, nothing less. I think the nerve ends are getting a bit raw
now, Maureen. He's won three events this year. He's no stranger to this.
Now, what about this one? Oh, yes, it tiptoed on the green
come he's done very well. Very well indeed.
Louis Oosthuizen, this is a scary shot. The flag up towards the back.
Any kind of little pool on this and it's going to be in danger area.
It's going to hang on. Well, his caddy is out with the
putter. Which is always a good sign. Kisner, also near enough to the
green to use putter. Fallen away a bit, had two bogeys in the last
three holes, three bogeys in a complete round. Four birdies. There
are two putts from here. Come along, come along, come along. What a
beautiful effort. Certainly made use of the lake with
green positioning here. I don't know what the poor old members think
about it. They are with frogmen, I'm told you can hire a frog man, get
your balls retrieved. Good idea. Great theatre, great drama.
Something tells me we haven't seen the last of it yet.
Very good bunker shot from Chris Stroud out to here. He's left it
below the hole. As we go to Patrick Reed, holding
that finish. We haven't seen many players get up
to the flag on this hole. They are frightened of going too far. A lot
of long putting. Now, can he get three? In the bunker, upon the
right, good shot out here. Oh, look at the big swing at the
end, such a good try. Thomas, nipping one up. A little bit of side
spin, bringing it down the slope if he can. He's looking a bit twitchy,
Peter. He is, yes, he's suddenly goal -- gone from all cool, calm and
collected, too jumpy, jumpy. Coached by his father, Mike. He's
the only coach he's ever had. He'll be somewhere in the gallery or the
clubhouse, watching. The whole of Japan will be watching this man. But
look how this has nestled down. This is all sloughi. -- fluffy, deep
fluffy ground. The ball goes right to the bottom. It's so easy to get
too much grass between the club and the ball and it goes nowhere. Or you
get it a bit sharp and it comes out, runs. I think he may be able to land
this on the green and stop it, but difficult. Lap of the gods.
He played a trundle and it's trundled pretty well.
APPLAUSE Kisner for birdie. Back on the
birdie trail. That's more like it, that's what he's been doing all
week. He's back to 6-under. He's been very tenacious.
He and Kisner are the last match out.
Oh, now you make your choice. Those that are in the clubhouse or get
into the clubhouse at maybe 7-under, I would think are in with a very
good shout, but it's so tight. Could end up with two or three people
having to go and play off. PETER ALLISS: A big moment if he
could run this one in, mooring. Yes, and you have got Matsuyama and Kevin
Kisner on 6-under as well. Molinari is in the clubhouse in 6-under. This
would give him a bit of breathing space as he steps onto the 16th tee
and that start of the dreaded green mile. It is not a mile. It seems so
long, it feels like a mile. You never get nowhere by going too
hasty, but he has given this a lot of thought.
What a good effort that was. That was a vicious swing towards the end.
Horrid. Very unlucky. STUDIO: So Justin Thomas with that
1-shot lead over Patrick Reed who had birdies on 14th and 15th to move
up to 7-under par. Francesco Molinari is the clubhouse leader.
Rickie Fowler is in the clubhouse on 5-under par. 67 today as well.
Four and today, taking you to 5-under for the tournament, how
pleased are you with that effort on a difficult day? I am happy with it.
It would have been better if it was a couple of shots lower, but I put
together a good back nine and we will wait and see and what some of
the boys finish up. Plenty of golf to be played and I am looking
forward to it. JT is out there in front right now. I am not rooting
for anyone, but there is a lot of golf to be played. How do you sum up
this week for you? It was good, but I felt like I had a good chance this
week and this would have been a good place to get my first major. I was
swinging well enough. The last three holes put me to fire back yesterday.
I had a bad swing on 17. I came up a little short on the water. To have
three on 16 and three on 18, that put me to fire back. But it was good
to get a decent start and play a good back nine. Thank you very much
for your time. Matsuyama for birdie. Has he got
anything left in the tank? And he moves to 7-under. Thomas is
being pursued by Matsuyama and Patrick Reed. There was no doubt
about that one. There was no pussyfooting about. But he was
slightly uphill, as we look at Patrick Reed with his long putt on
17. That is a tourist in touch. -- terrific touch.
The pin is on 34, at least 90 feet. He misread it by about 20. The Caddy
looked like he was pointing at the hole in case he had not seen it.
This is to save his par. He drops a shot. It is a critical time to give
one back to the chorus and the field. Louis Oosthuizen drops back
to 5-under. Three out of the lead now and running out of holes.
You will have to be 7-under to windows, absolute minimum. Scott
Brown. How brave is he going to be? The flag is in a little finger of
green at the back left-hand portion. That is pretty decent there. See how
the flat of the green is very much in the middle. Graham DeLaet and 17.
The ridge upon which the whole is cut is all helping to slope that the
ball away. It is a good hole to make three on. It is giving up very few
birdies. He had the most exciting runs holes yesterday. He went
birdie, eagle, eagle, birdie. It has been a very good week. This is Gary
Woodland and this needs a stout nerve.
A lovely check. That is a beautiful shot, very dextrous. The second putt
at 17. Patrick Reed stays at 7-under. Still has got a sniff.
Seven birdies and two bogeys. That is pretty mean golf on this course.
The 16th and Matsuyama. It should suit his shot's shape. He has
overcooked it. There is a bunker out there, but I think he is even wider
than that. That is not going to be too pretty.
520 yards, par-4. It does not reach the fairway. But it will not be too
tough a shot for him. Kevin Kisner. Just giving that one everything here
at 15 to get home in two. The Grand National winner there, it just
hurdled the last part of the bunker. Can Chris Stroud do the same? It
looks as if he is trying to bring it in from the right. STUDIO: It is
still the 24-year-old Justin Thomas out in front. Patrick Reed has
sneaked up the leaderboard. Rickie Fowler is in the clubhouse. We heard
from him. What a great day for Matt Kuchar. He is in the clubhouse.
Another superb round from Jordan Spieth, we heard from him. And Jason
Day, that eight on the 18th hurt his chances of a second PGA
Championship. What could have been for him?
It has been a very strange week, how do you sum up the events of the past
four days. I had three good days. I had one bad day. Unfortunately
yesterday did not pan out for me. I missed a couple of opportunities. I
think if I had hold the putt on five and got three on seven, I would be
looking at a different story. You get that momentum going. It's kind
of unravels going forward. I had a horseshoe on ten for birdie and it
seemed like things were stacked against me even though I was trying
my hardest. What happened on 18, I was explaining earlier, I am really
good at hitting into the junk. Hitting into the junk I feel I am
good at hitting out of it as well. That can be an Achilles' heel
because I feel like I can take on shots a lot of people cannot.
Unfortunately it did not work out for me and I took a gamble. Kevin
Kisner is kept under in the middle of the fairway and has a good shot
of making a birdie, so I had to get to the green and get par. If I can
get at least 24 or five shots behind, I would have a good chance
of going into today's round. Hindsight is the best thing ever.
When we spoke at the open you talked about making the progression and
working hard and seeing the benefits of it. Do you feel despite yesterday
you are much further? Yes, definitely. I definitely see a lot
of good things. If I have at least just 1-under two and that in the
third round, I am right there. I am just peace in that together and
getting the golf back up to where it needs to be and not taking on silly
shots is key. Making silly errors has been a downfall for me this
year. There has been a lot of great stuff mixed in with silly little
errors. If I can really tidy that up, which I have, over the last few
weeks it has been solid. I have been looking forward to challenging these
guys in the play-offs and hopefully winning one. Thank you very much for
your time. He sounded as if he was defending
his decision as 18, but he can hit shots that others cannot. And he
softened his approach in the end. But it was a very expensive eight
for him. Matsuyama chopping out of the rough once again. He seems to
have been up to his ankles in it all day. Most of the time he has been
going over the green, so another tricky chip out of the Bermuda for
Matsuyama. Justin Thomas has got a pretty good
angle. That was very odd contact. I am sure he was trying to play for
the middle of the green. It did not come out anything like he wanted.
Nothing is straightforward at this stage of the game. Certainly Thomas
showing a lot of weakness, a couple of iffy holes. In trouble here at
16. Today it is more like a kilometre. The third toughest hole.
The fifth toughest is 17. The 18 has bushes on the right and trees and
rough and an elevated green. Back to Kevin Kisner at 15. A birdie is more
realistic than saying this is an eagle putt. It is doing its best.
His putting has been outstanding. His reading of the green has been
outstanding. I do not want this to be the kiss of death, but the only
player in the field yet to 3-putt. The final hole for Patrick Reed. It
would not quite do it. It seems a long time ago since we
watched Justin Thomas making his way down the first. He had bunker
trouble there. He drove into one bunker at the green and then another
and then he eventually hold a great 20 putt for a five. He has given
himself another bunker problem here. It is a nasty length, about 30
yards. Putting a lot of pressure on himself. Last two holes were weak,
but this is a difficult up and down. It certainly is. He has seen
Matsuyama go over the back and he does not want to do the same thing
because it is no picnic coming back. That was very well played. It
sounded as if he got close to the ball and that gave him the distance.
Right now he looks more comfortable with a part in his hands than
anything else. Patrick Reed did indeed find the bunker on the 18th.
Well, it was a good line. But he is going to have to rely on a very good
chip and putt to get up and down to his four and stay at 7-under. This
Bermuda is very fine and the ball tends to nestle down in it. This is
not too bad. The grass is still a factor. It will get trapped between
the club and the ball. There is always an element of doubt as to how
quickly the ball will come off the club. It will hurtle up in the air,
so he will be trying to pitch this 4-8 feet short of the Cup. Not bad.
Kevin Kisner. Oh, yes. Just one back now. We have got Thomas on 8-under.
Hideki Matsuyama on seven, Kevin Kisner on seven, Patrick Reed on
7-under. This is where it comes down to what
you have got in your stomach. They are all playing now just to win.
Nothing like having a good week and coming second. These guys are in it
to win it. You have got to keep your nerve, concentrate, control. Do not
rush a single shot. The bits that matter now are not the bits you can
practice. You have just got to grind it out and go through this and that
is what we were saying earlier. Thomas was in the final group in the
US open and he will have learned from that experience. He crumbled to
a 75 that day. Kevin Kisner squandered a three shot lead on the
back nine of the Arnold Palmer invitation as well. So he has been
through it. These are priceless experiences. Yes, indeed. You go on
the putting green when you are a kid and imagine six feet for the open,
but the real thing is different. That was brilliantly done. That was
absolutely fantastic. He looks so comfortable with the part in his
hand. That could well have been key. He puts his nose in front. Two pars
could do it for him. So hard to squeeze a birdie out of the last
two. Matsuyama and Kevin Kisner are looking unlikely to birdie 18.
Matsuyama has got to make this if he wants to keep the hopes alive of a
whole nation. This has to go in. He has got the line pointing around
the left edge. He usually bounces the putter to get
the tension out of his hands. We have seen some horseshoes, Maureen.
These are tournament holes, only four inches, not four and a quarter.
I heard somebody called them Elvis's the other day, return to sender! It
just goes right round. That is brutal. It is like they have coated
the holes with Teflon or something. Matsuyama back to six. Patrick Reed
is in trouble. Here he is. An odd choice of shot. A very lofted
club. I thought he might have needed something that would have chased it
out and knocked it to run out. He hit it quite high, didn't he?
Interesting. Certainly not the result he was after. I wish I had
done else. Kevin Kisner, the man who refuses to go away.
Well, he has done the first bit, he has found the fairway. See where his
ball is in relation to the bunker. The difference in distance between
Thomas and Kevin Kisner is remarkable. There is only one shot
separating them. It is all about controlling the ball flight and you
can only control your own. But this place is a real battle for the
players with themselves. They have enough to worry about with their own
games, never mind what their opponents are doing.
Some players look at the leaderboard, some do not. Some think
if you do not look at the leaderboard, you are scared. Others
say if you look at them, you are relishing the fight. If you look at
them you are terrified. No, you relished the fight.
A big shot for Thomas. He has hit a few dodgy ones on the last three
holes. The final putt. It is going to be a final bogey for Patrick
Reed. That will drop him to 6-under. A little bit more breathing space
potentially for this man. This is the one danger shot. It is tight.
But it looks pretty good. Has he got the distance? He has drawn it in, an
absolute beauty from Justin Thomas. He steadied the ship, held his
nerve. He has got what it takes maybe. That was a class shot.
Everything on the line there. Outcome is his favourite club now.
His caddy is sweating a bit. I am not surprised, it is very hot, very
humid. The sun is popping out now and again. Back up to 18. This for a
67 for Reid. And a final total of 6-under. Joining Francesco Molinari
who is already in the clubhouse on 6-under. Hideki Matsuyama has to
throw the conservative game plan out of the window if he wants to win
this major. It is a much more difficult pain for
him to get at with the flight. Advantage Thomas, you would have to
say. He has pretty much hit it sideways for two days. That was not
too bad shot. It must be difficult for him to it going. STUDIO: Paul
Casey started the major season with a fifth place at Augusta. He has had
a consistent season. It was pretty good in the first two rounds. He
went into the final day level par. Three birdies and three bogeys
today. He finished the Championship on level par.
How much of your play this week were you proud of with regards to
grinding it out in those conditions? It was good. I feel I am always good
on that front. This has probably been the major that has been right
at the edge of all of them, which is where for most of them. If people
are still watching, holes like 17 will be pivotal today. We have no
clue how you can get it close there. Three is a wonderful score. I am
happy with the way I grounded it out, but it is a cause that
highlights ball striking and you have to be on top of it and I was
not. You mentioned 17, but what about 16 and 18? 16 is pretty
generous off the tee and it is a big green. You should not get into too
much trouble. It is the bunker on the right, and if you go in there it
will be difficult to get to the green. 18 has a pent-up way that on
the left and even I almost dumped it in the hazard over the green from
the middle of the fairway. 18 is a very difficult hole. It is a tough
stretch. You are picking up pars on the field. If a guy makes a birdie
on one of those, he will leapfrog guys. Those really are pivotal holes
this week. Thank you very much. Well, here they are out in the
cauldron of competition. This is what all the hours of practice are
for, all those hours in the gym, just to have a shot at winning one
of these Majors. Kevin Kisner into 16. He is going in
with so much club. It makes it a bigger dogleg. Just unable to get
near the pain. Using a three or a four ire by the looks of things. So
much disadvantage. We saw Louis Oosthuizen misread it by 15 feet
from there. Just three matches left on the
course now. Graham DeLaet finished with 69 for a total of 4-under. He
was playing with Patrick Reed. Hideki Matsuyama is going to prowl
around this putt. You have got to come along that
spine which is not going to make his life very simple. PETER ALLISS:
Great tension as we come to the end of the Championship. But will there
be another twist? There is still danger lurking. Remember Jason Day
hit eight at the last hole yesterday when they were in full flow. Things
can happen, stupid things. Matsuyama has missed a couple of short putts.
Along putt up the hill. There are all sorts of Regis. It is doing very
well. Beautifully done. A great cheer rings out. Something
must have happened somewhere. That's three, par for Matsuyama. You see
the back nine. Three rather clumsy bogeys. Cost him dear.
After that absolutely stunning tee shot, this would give him a bit of
breathing space at the 18, a tough hole. For two. And he must have done
it... He has! Absolutely fantastic. 9-under par. Needed it, and he got
it. I think he knows he's almost there, but he's still got a hole to
go. It's a look on his face, he snatched it down as if to say, yes!
This is where the nerves take over. The calmness, the golfing brain,
clicks in. Do I play it for five? Looking at the tee shot, this is as
good a shot as you will ever see. Drew it into the flag, a lot of
players play to the right of it, using the contour. The water only
five yards left of the pin. Left himself one of the slightly easier
putts. Had to keep the speed up otherwise it would dive to the left
and it had enough pace took hold the line. Oh, what a couple of hours'
play it's been. Here's another look at it. Watch the crowd. See how
close the water is. And oh... Superb. He may well look back at the
ten, pinged about in the trees and his putt hung on the lip for five or
six seconds before it toppled in. Well, all the cards are in his hands
now. Absolutely, yeah. Oosthuizen had a chance but he's been a bit
sloppy, a couple of holes. Everyone can say, I should have done this.
Not too shabby! Dear old Louis. Suddenly, the whole arena has come
to life. It's been a pretty dull affair up until about certainly two
hours ago, when you came on the air. Before that, it was very dull. Now,
people have started Holding putts and it's getting great. The key is
to find the fairway, Little River on the rest, bunker on the right.
That's how he plays. He's looking anxious. Well, I don't know if that
pitched in the far end of the bunker will stop he's pointing at it, it's
in there. I don't know why he did that well, if it doesn't work out
where we can all say where he went wrong. It's gone up against the lip,
he'll do well to reach the green there. Well, he's got everyone in
check, but it's not Czech mates, yet. You say, what would Bilko do,
what would Jack Nicklaus do. The greatest finisher of all time. This
man is not doing too bad, Kisner. What about this for a putt? Usain
Bolt could get up a bit of speed over that distance but look at it go
over there. So difficult to read, Ken. I don't know why it's slow
slopes, what is it? You can see the slopes, quite bold slopes, plus the
speed of the greens. Matsuyama. He's looked pretty disgusted at almost
every shot he's hit on this inward nine. It's in trouble, I think. It
could be in the stream. It could be in the watery grave down there. Oh,
how about this woman? How about this little chip! Jeepers creepers. My
dear old friend Dave Thomas would have had nightmares about this for
ever more. Come on, show is what you're made of, show was the shot
that made you famous... And he has! God dammit, he has! Would you
believe, that's the shot of the week. No doubt about it.
APPLAUSE Grayson. Grayson Murray, the old
theatrical. The old Shakespearean actor. I don't know what all those
buildings are, I'm sure that nothing to do with the golf course. They may
well be, of course, but it's a wonderful setting. I think that's
all hospitality, part of the gravy train. Do you think so? Oh, yeah.
The birds are having a good time as well. After that fantastic pitch
he's potted it, well done. For a 75, what a grandstand finish for 75.
Louis ran in, birdied the last to manage that. Kisner, 7-under, he
really needs to make this. He's still got 17 to play. He's two
behind. Now he's three behind. Justin Thomas, 9-under, a big group
of players at 6-under, so he's in super shape. Doesn't need to do
anything stupid. But he will not know that Kisner has dropped a
stroke. The great cheer that must have run out when Murray pitched
over the little stream at the last, as somebody done something, somebody
holed for three, what's going on? It just make sure you don't take more
than five. The hazard line is a long way from the water hazard, you may
not get lucky. It looks like he's in the water,
Ken. Or as good as dammit. Still striding out. There we are, oh. In
the water. Pitched there and went backwards. Oh, that's... Natural
hazards, they can drop two clubs either side but that's not going to
be good for him anymore because that's his chance of winning over.
Look at the people. Huge, isn't it? Very impressive. This lad started
the year with a couple of victories, including a round of 59 at the Sony
Open, 63 at the US Open. He's a real talent. He's relatively new into the
world of, at this level, isn't it? I don't know whether he's been playing
college games, you know, the Ben Hogan Tour or whatever, but he's
certainly burst onto the big time in a big way. Oh, yeah, hit a couple of
wood shots into Erin Hills like no 1's ever seen before. So powerful.
He's too near the lip to have a shy, so his option of going for the green
is eradicated, so it probably makes it easier for him, although he won't
think so. There's nothing to think he wants nothing more than an eight
or 9-iron and hit it 120 yards up the fairway. He's been reasonably
aggressive, Peter. I know, it looks as if he's got... That looked like a
7-iron. If it is and it's up, it's a huge risk. No need, you see. All
sorts of things can happen. You could put it in the water on the
left and fiddle about. That rough there is particularly deep. You can
see the ball dive in. It's a little bit longer than Summerhays. It's
unnecessary. But he doesn't know Kisner has dropped a stroke. There's
still no excuse at this level in modern-day golf, you've got to think
clearer than that. It's been a good four days, really,
on balance. I'm sorry not more of the European players did better.
There were a lot of them, a lot of our best people were away early,
before the weekend. This is the third shot now, Matsuyama. Had to
pick it out of the water. He's had to drop it there, but standing well
below the ball, which just adds to your concerns.
He probably will be greedy, but it's a dangerous shot to be greedy with,
pin back left, water, pin at the back.
That was a better swing and balance and pose. And there it is. This. --
fizzer. He's worried it's gone over the back and gone in the water.
Kisner at 6-under, needs a little magic. That's a Pearl, if he's got
the right distance this is really good. Should turn towards the cup a
little. It's a super shot. APPLAUSE
Just sits the ball in flatter, doesn't it? Doesn't get the grip of
the power hitters. He's a nice player though, Ken. I mean, the
world is full of nice players now, but how many will end up being great
players, I don't know. This is not all over yet, Peter. It
certainly isn't. He's going to have a real inspection
of the Ricketts, just how bravely is going to dare to be. -- inspection
of the wicket. It's sitting right down but not far
to go. There's a nice reception as he walks onto the green to see where
he's got to land the ball. He really is in the driving seat here, with
the lead he's got. But you don't have to be... There's no need to be
a hero now. You just get the done. All he's got to be careful of is
coming out of the rough, dragging it a little left into the water or
trying to get it right over the flag and going over the back of the
green. He just needs to find the putting surface. It's about six
yards before the cut and you're tempted to get it up there and in
doing that you can go too far particularly coming out of the
rough. Jimmie Johnson, who's been around a long time, used to caddy
for Nick Price, his caddy. It's nice to see some of the older caddies.
You must be getting on for 60, I suppose. They were such an integral
part of the game. The new caddies are so wonderful, they come from all
around the world. Doctors, lawyers, whatever, they've all been to
university. Here we go, this is it now.
Nice easy swing. And a very nice result. Safe, cushy. Cushty, my old
mate used to call it cushty, Ryan, the speedway boy, cushty, cushty.
That was very smartly played wasn't it? Wasn't it? Sensible. Look at
that crowd, it's fantastic. This has been a great Championship. Gone are
the days of it being the Cinderella. CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
Look at that, fabulous. From Japan, Hideki Matsuyama.
APPLAUSE Not Japan's day, yet. From Texas,
Justin Thomas. Snowmail from Japan has won a major Championship,
Ledecky has been second once before, it looks like he will finish second
once again, perhaps -- Hideki The women have dominated up but the
men haven't got into the arena of one of the Majors. One of the great
lady golfers, she is retiring from the game. She won major
Championships in the ladies. She is retiring I think after the Evian
Championship, which is a couple of weeks away. Always one of my
favourites. They've had some wonderful players. The women have
been very lucky, and the men have as well. You know, when you look down
the list of who's won this Championship. Which was started by
the professional golfers' Association in the early 1900,
suppose. And it's grown in stature over the last 20 years. It was
sinking down a bit and people were talking about let's have another
major, let's make a fifth or have the Canadian open in, or something
and I'm glad that sort of has gone away a bit at the moment. Matsuyama
with a tricky little shot. A lot of players might blade it, hit it in
the centre of the ball with a flange. There's Rickie Fowler, with
his girlfriend. He'll be pleased to see his great mate Justin Thomas
win, but he's not there yet. Good old Ricky. I concede Jordan Spieth,
is he behind him, Jordan? Yeah. His hat back to front with the blue
shirt on. Mixing with the hoi polloi! It's a close-knit community.
They like to see their bodies doing well. Good find by the cameraman.
Back to the business, he has to roll this to the hole side. Looks a
square grip on that putter, Ken. One of those modern, slightly thicker
grips. This is to remain at 6-under and tied for second. I think he's
going to loft it. Tricky. Just wanted a bit more fluff! Oh,
he's making a right chord's ear of this, was -- or is it a pig's ear?
Making a mess of it. He's got it on the back level, pretty slick from
this side but it's manageable. I don't think he's got anything to
worry about now, unless, has to be more than a minor miracle. That's
getting very nicely to the hole side. Sweetly done.
APPLAUSE Our computer says Kisner has made a
three at the 17th, so he remains at 6-under. He didn't hole that long
putt. The best he's likely to finish, a few birdies, 7-under. So
the computer is helping you, Ken. Well done, a disappointing way to
finish for Matsuyama. Five bogeys on his back nine, a round of 72, and up
and down day. Mr couple of shorties, didn't he? Yes, unfortunately and
that I fancy will be the winning putt.
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE And how well he's played. Still a
couple out on the course. But I don't think they can alter the fact
that Justin has won this year's PGA Championship. We just have to wait
for the final pair to come up. This is dad. His father, what a year he's
had. Father might, a great family, love their golf, and emotional seen
her now. -- emotional scenes here now. Well done indeed.
Added 68, I think checkmate. -- his dad is 68. I think it's checkmate.
Here's Ricky. Rickie Fowler, Spieth, to strips down to their civvies.
The famous Wanamaker Trophy will be one.
Here's a look at his car. Number ten was the winner. It could have gone
anywhere, came back on the fairway and got a birdie. Counted to the 15
before it dropped into the putt. Back to the serenity of the 17th.
Kisner, who started... Oh, it's not going to make it. It got exciting
there, for about four feet. It's a lifetime dream, we all had it as we
were growing up. One of the big ones. One of the big ones. Just
stand you above the crowd. He holed his putt, Kisner, it's virtually all
over now but still big prize money to play for. Kisner wants to get a
four at worst at this final hole. And a good start. 6-under, if he
holds his second shot he gets to 8-under, it's the one in 100
million, but you never know. Here's the winning putt again. Yes!
Very, very well done. His father, Mike, coach and best friend and
Buddy, can you believe it? It's terrific. I think they're absolutely
wonderful. All his pals, Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth, I think it's
wonderful. I wish they were ours. You'd be a proud dad, wouldn't you?
And back they go, over the bridge. Got to check the card out, Peter.
Mistakes have been made in the past. To right, both on the men's and
women's Tour. Jackie Pom a little while ago lost the US ladies open,
going back 50 years or so. They were painful memories.
Made three. Quite a long walk, isn't it, back the facilities. Why Babin
the enquiry Kisner made on the 17th, so he knows he's got to make two to
catch. Got to hole his second shot. Well, silly things have happened.
More stairs to climb. My goodness. Over the bridge.
Meanwhile, Ken. At the 80s, the sun is setting, crowds moving around.
There's one more stroke to be made to crown Justin Thomas as the PGA
Championship, 2017. We were blessed today, no thunderstorm. It was a
possibility. It would have spoiled things, everyone hanging around, but
they'll get a conclusion and it looks like a good champion. The next
generation of player. No play offs, no thunder, no stoppages. The number
of players came alive over the last 12 holes. No one more so than
Francesco Molinari, just slipped, just dropped a shot in the last
three. If you've got one or maybe two less, he'd have set a very good
target. Well done, Molinari. That's the spot they go to, sit at the
table, check and sign and double-check that everything is OK.
Sometimes bring a caddy in, or someone, just to make sure there is
no one making a silly mistake. Just to give them a hand. His caddy, he's
going to remember the holes now. But his scores, three, five, four,
three, 34, go through the whole card. He's doing it in his head, a
little piece of paper on the other scorecard has his numbers on. He --
Hideki Matsuyama, his face tells another story. Now then, here we go,
final pair, Stroud and Kisner. This is Stroud. Second shot. Let it be a
good one. It's away. The cat box had better results in
finishing in a long scruff, at least he can get a consistent grip on it.
There was one, Peter, a pill shot, he's got to chase it up the tear. He
has to be thinking just one thing. Put it in the water, oh, in the
water, there it goes, in a babbling brook by a shady nook. Oh dear, oh
dear, that's it, folks. Congratulations, congratulations,
you've done it. Nobody can catch you now. A little bit of an anti-climax,
coming up there, very good. Done an excellent job.
The important thing is they have to put their watch on soap when they
come to the presentation they can flash it around a little bit. --
they have to put their watch on. I think that's a very spectacular
scene. I don't think I've seen anywhere more packs, perhaps the
Open at Hoylake when the stands were huddled around the 18th green.
There's a huge crowd, they are staying on. To see the climax of the
whole event. APPLAUSE
A lovely warm reception for both these players. Kisner had to take a
chance. He was trying to shape into an awkward pin, it was either in,
or. It was going to cost a lot of money, 7-under, he was in second
spot. 6-under, I should say. 6-under, yeah. 6-under.
Over to do all the interviews, which there will be dozens to do. There
will be a special order which the host broadcaster, wishing to catch
up with you. A bit of a bunfight. Nitties. -- it is. Don't usually see
the cameraman polishing up the lens! I don't think I've ever seen more
buildings, if they are all hospitality they must have done very
well. Well, one in the water, one in the
bunker. I think it's probably Chris Stroud to play first. A relative
ease -- relatively easy bunker shot, the only thing is the ball can run
away from you. When you get about six feet past. He's two and. -- he's
currently two under. Oh, when he didn't want it to stop
he got an enormous amount of it. Why a bad run, a bogey at the 17th. Like
a lot of rounds there's been snakes and ladders. Some good golf coming
up though, Ken, if you're interested in following the game. I don't know,
we're not given much chance in the Solheim Cup but I think we might do
well there. We've got quite a good team, quite a young team. Women
professionals playing the Americans. Next week, I think, isn't it?
18-20th August. It will be interesting. You've got the Dunhill,
coming up at St Andrews. Some interesting stuff.
Doing interviews. I don't know what we're looking at here, looks like
the start of an interview. He's telling the order of what he's
doing. Informing him. It's nice to see a smile. I think he's a bit
overwhelmed at the moment. Hello. It's the president of the United
States... ! Is that you, Donald! I think the Americans have wonderful
names for the clubs. We do not have it in the UK. Like Quail Hollow. We
don't have many romantic names. Like the Australian Wine and the New
Zealand wine, they think of the most wonderfully exotic names. Kevin
Kisner has taken a penalty drop. He dropped it and it rolled back. He
has not done very well. He did Pooley. Poorly.
What is going to happen here? This is very much an anti-climax. Every
shot now is costing him about 100,000. It is not a happy thought.
But there is the winner. Justin Thomas. How well he has played
through the awful days. I wonder what the future holds for him, Ken.
He had a sensational 2017. He is a fantastic player. As we have seen,
he cannot get 320 yards no problem at all. Very aggressive. That is
only about 10.5 stone. One of my legs ways that! Come on now,
finished in a blaze of glory. Let's be having you.
A disappointing back nine holes. Once tied for the lead, back in 40.
Sorry, 42. Yes, 76. This is for a bogey five.
Looks good. No! As so many have done. Just missed out. Kevin Kisner
out in 36. He had three birdies and three bogeys on the back nine.
This is costing him some money, Peter. I shudder to think. I shudder
to think how much this 18th hole has cost them both. It is all over. You
have had your good moments. Not great moments. A couple of 67s. Four
days to remember. It has been a fabulous week. We have seen some
superb golf. A very tough course at times. Then the rain softened them
up. There were some birdies, but very few bogey free round. In a
couple of years, there will be a rearranged schedule. They will start
off with the Masters in April, they will be moving this to me and then
the US open in June and our open will be in July, the last one of the
year. It will all be compressed between April or July. Whether that
is good or not I don't know. But they are giving that a try. Rory
McIlroy, a decent round today, 68, but was too far behind. Jordan
Spieth was the same. JB Holmes, 72 by him at plus two. A few lower
scores today because it was a little easier. 14 and 15 gave a lot of
birdies away. You have to say the course has been the winner this
week. No doubt about it. It was the trickiness of the greens, you could
not get close to the flag unless it was a perfect shot. And the Bermuda
rough, the problems of getting into that, controlling the ball near the
green. Rory McIlroy said in one of his interviews it is an examination
paper that a lot of players failed to pass. That is interesting in this
day and age when golf courses are getting longer and longer. This is a
monster. They don't have to be this length really. A good week for
Francesco Molinari, finishing runner up. I still love you, dad. Telephone
calls, I keep getting letters and calls from people I do not even
know. Tweets and Facebook and Snapchat and all the bits and pieces
kids do these days. After clattering about in the trees, this happened at
the 10th. This was his birdie chance. He was lucky with his tee
shot. If the ball takes more than ten seconds to fall in, it will
count as one. He wanders away and it fell in. That was the turning point.
He birdied the ninth and tenth. At the 13th he pulled a shot. Then he
came out with a bit of a run. We got the feeling then that it may be was
his day. At the 17th after an unbelievable tee-shot... A good tee
shot. That put the icing on the cake. Then he had umpteen putts from
here. He tickled it down and finished with a bogey five. But it
was good enough. There he is, the short putt to win a major
Championship and he did it in fine style. We are going to see a lot
more of him I am sure over the coming years. It was exciting to
watch the way he played. His dad is happy, his mark his happy. -- his
mum is happy. Good friends with Jordan Spieth. It will be his turn
soon. It will not be too long, but he has got to wait until next April.
It will be a long time to wait. Now the presentation.
Bill McAtee is interviewing the winner. Ladies and gentlemen, please
welcome the President of the PGA of America, Paul Levy. Thank you, Bill.
First of all I would like to thank the golf fans of Charlotte for
coming out and supporting the Championship this week and making
this such a special week. Thank you so much. I would also like to thank
our gracious host, everyone associated here with Quail Hollow
golf club for giving us this great setting and there's great
Championship this week, thank you. And now it is my honour to recognise
our club professional champion from Austin, Texas, Omagh.
And now on but of all dedicated PGA professionals everywhere, it is my
honour to present the Wanamaker Trophy to the player who beat the
strongest field in golf to win the 2017 PGA Championship, Justin
Thomas. The winner of the 99th PGA
Championship, Justin Thomas. You can put that down for just a
second, we will talk to you for a moment. You are a part of history
now, congratulations. There were so many highlights today, what were the
keys for you? Just patients. I felt like that the US open although
Brooks Koepka had a wonderful round, although I did not have my best
stuff that day, I need to have more patience to finish. I had a great
opportunity to win, but I knew no matter what my game was at, I just
needed to be patient. I felt like I had the game, it was a matter if I
did it or not. You grew up as part of the PGA of America, your dad
Mike, a PGA professional, in that context, what does this win means
you? I cannot put it into words. I have seen these people so often and
they are probably annoyed me running around seven or eight years ago at
the PGA Championships. I wish my grandfather could be here. It is so
good to have three generations of PGA members and I am glad we have
the trophy now. You cannot take anything for granted because this is
the toughest closing stage of golf. What was your philosophy going into
the final three holes? I have been playing them pretty good all week.
At the 16th I could just put it out over the bunker. With the adrenaline
today, the ball has been going so far and with how hot it is. 17 today
was brutal. To make a birdie was beyond a bonus. And among the keys
earlier, the chip in at 13 and the putt at ten. It kind of sneaks up on
the hole. But it never came back right and the green and the slope
are going that way. Once it got there I felt it was going in and I
acted like a child and through -- through a tantrum, but it finally
went in. At the side all your friends were waiting to congratulate
you, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler. That must feel special. Yes, it was
great for them to stick around. Who knows what could happen? It is a
cool thing we have going on right now with all the young golfers and
we are all rooting for each other. If we cannot play well, we what the
others to play well. It was great to win, but I feel like a part of a
little group. Enjoy a few more moments with the Wanamaker Trophy.
Your name is on that forever. Justin Thomas, the winner of the PGA
Championship. STUDIO: Justin Thomas, a 24-year-old
from Kentucky becomes the third player in a row under the age of 30.
He was very emotional after that went. Very much so. There was a tear
coming down on each cheek when he was talking on the phone. It was
great. It does not bode well for the next Ryder Cup that they are all
under 30. They will be putting up a very strong team. Let's have a look
at some of the biggest moments. He started nervously but this was him
on the par-5/10. That was a birdie putt. Would it drop?
It was such a big moment. He turned his back on it, but he must have
turned its back at the right moment. That took him to 6-under. On the
30th. The tee-shot was not one of his best, but this was pretty
special. He missed it on the right side. He probably thought he knew
what he was doing. He had the brakes, no question, but I have the
feeling if he had not had some of those breaks, he would have come
through anyway. He wobbled around 14 and 15 and with a second shot at 16.
This was a great shot for par. This course suited him so much. I think
he would have won it without the lap. I think the numbers on the
holes would have been different. This was the clinching moment, this
birdie at 16. He hit a lovely ire off the tee. But two hole this putt
two was an unbelievable bonus. It was a very impressive effort all
round. And then the finish. He said he was limping in. He knew he had
won by this time. He must have had a good idea. I think so. You are never
asserted and your head can spin a bit. He knew he had a good chance.
Great celebrations with family and friends. He is somebody who has had
such a good season. You see somebody like Justin Thomas and you feel like
he is about to win and then there are others like Rickie Fowler who
have not quite been able to do it, but it was great to see them stay
around and wait until the very end. There is more sport coming up on
BBC, the Premier League show is back on Wednesday at ten o'clock. You can
join Gabby Logan and all the gang. After three relatively drama free
days it was a sensational finish to the 99th PGA Championship. It is the
third major in a row won by an American under the age of 30 and it
is Justin Thomas who has his name on the Wanamaker Trophy. Sergio Garcia,
Brooks Koepka, Jordan Spieth and now Justin Thomas. What a year it has
been at the Majors. We cannot wait to do it all again next year. Thank
you for watching. Goodbye for now. PETER ALLISS:. Who will grasp the
opportunity for the final major of the year? It is not the time to
miss. And suddenly there is a spark. Will it turn left or right? Oh, my
goodness, that is in the hole. That is a killer blow for Thomas.
Advantage Thomas you would have to say. That is it, congratulations,
you have done it.
Eilidh Barbour presents live coverage of the final round at the US PGA Championship from Quail Hollow in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The US PGA has been won by some of the biggest names in golf, including Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Gary Player. Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy won the Championship in 2012 and 2014, while last year's winner was American Jimmy Walker.
Commentary by Peter Alliss, Ken Brown, Maureen Madill and Mark James.