Justin Thomas comes from seven down, beats Will Zalatoris in playoff to win PGA

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After enduring the bad side of the draw for two days and a frustrating Saturday 74, Justin Thomas improbably won the 104th PGA Championship on Sunday.

Thomas defeated Will Zalatoris in a three-hole aggregate playoff at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Thomas played the additional stanza in 2 under par, compared to Zalatoris in 1 under.

This is Thomas’ second major victory and his second PGA triumph, having also prevailed at Kiawah Island in 2017.

Five years ago, Thomas had to overcome a two-stroke deficit through 54 holes. This time, it was seven.

Thomas closed in 4-under 67, while Zalatoris finished with a 1-under 71. Mito Pereira and Cameron Young tied for third place at 4 under.

Extra holes appeared unnecessary, as overnight leader Pereira held a one-stroke lead at the 308-yard, par-4 17th. However, he left a 12-foot birdie putt on the lip and then hit his tee shot into a water hazard at the par-4 18th.

Pereira began the day at 9 under par, leading by three shots. He held at least a share of the top spot throughout the final round, despite five bogeys over his first 14 holes.

With a one-stroke advantage on the 72nd hole, Pereira tried to hit a sawed-off drive but pushed the ball right … right into a water hazard. The 27-year-old Chilean took a penalty stroke, missed the green with his third shot and pitched through the putting surface with his fourth. Pereira, putting from off the green, came up well short from 22 feet and made double bogey. He posted 5-over 75 and missed the playoff by a stroke.

Also disappointed – but not as painfully so – were Young and Matthew Fitzpatrick. Young held a share of the lead on the back nine, but made bogey on No. 14 and double bogey on No. 16. He tied for third, following a 1-over 71. The Englishman, meanwhile, bogeyed the first hole on his way to a 3-over 73 and a tie for fifth, two back.

Thomas was the lone challenger outside of the final two groups. He made his presence felt with birdies on Nos. 9, 11 and 12. Following another birdie at the 17th, he was only one down. And though he missed a 13-foot birdie putt at the final hole, his 5-under total was good enough to keep him alive.

Zalatoris gave everything he had to get to that number. With four bogeys and no birdies from holes 6-16, Zalatoris made a pair of 8-footers to finish birdie-par to match Thomas.

After Pereira did his part to make it a two-man show, this is how the three-hole aggregate playoff played out:

Par-5 13th (541 yards)

Thomas hits tee shot 316 yards into right rough (1)
Zalatoris hits tee shot 319 yards into the fairway (1)
Thomas, from 240 yards, lays up into the fairway, 80 yards from the hole (2)
Zalatoris, from 221 yards, hits the green, 25 feet from the hole (2)
Thomas hits wedge to 6 feet (3)
Zalatoris misses eagle putt, but taps in for birdie (3 and 4; birdie to reach 1 under)
Thomas converts birdie putt (4; also gets to 1 under)

Par-4 17th (308 yards)

Thomas’ tee shot hits just shy of the green and rolls out to 35 feet, on the putting surface (1)
Zalatoris’ tee shot sails right of the green, 26 yards from the hole (2)
Zalatoris chips to 7 feet (2)
Thomas leaves his eagle effort 3 feet short (2)
Zalatoris runs birdie putt 18 inches past the hole, taps in for par (3 and 4; remains at 1 under)
Thomas makes birdie putt to take lead (3; goes to 2 under)

Par-4 18th (490 yards)

Thomas hits tee shot 321 yards into the fairway (1)
Zalatoris hits tee shot 302 yards into the fairway (1)
Zalatoris’ approach shot from 167 yards spins back, 40 feet from the hole (2)
Thomas’ approach shot from 165 yards finishes 26 feet left of the hole (2)
Zalatoris’ birdie putt misses by 3 feet (3)
Thomas two-putts for par and the win (3 and 4)

How to watch Tiger Woods at the 2022 PNC Championship: TV, live stream, tee times, field, format, and more


The 2022 PNC Championship takes place this Saturday, December 17 through Sunday, December 18 at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Orlando, Florida and 15-time major champion Tiger Woods will return to the action with his son Charlie, a budding star in his own right, after finishing in seventh place in 2020 and as runner-up last year.

Live coverage tees off on Saturday at 2 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock. Sunday’s coverage on NBC and Peacock begins at 1:30 p.m. ET.

This is the 25th edition of the PNC Championship and this year’s field will feature 20 teams contesting in the 36-hole scramble. In addition to Woods and his son, other notables in the field include defending champions John Daly and his son John Daly II, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, and Nelly Korda. See below for the full list of players as well as additional information on how to watch/live stream the 2022 PNC Championship.

Coverage of the Pro-Am tournament will begin on Friday, December 16 beginning at 12 p.m. ET on the Golf Channel and Peacock.

RELATED: How to watch – Live stream schedule for PNC Championship

2022 PNC Championship Players:

Player Partner
Stewart Cink Connor Cink
John Daly John Daly II
David Duval Brady Duval
Nick Faldo Matthew Faldo
Jim Furyk Tanner Furyk
Padraig Harrington Patrick Harrington
Nelly Korda Petr Korda
Matt Kuchar Carson Kuchar
Bernhard Langer Jason Langer
Tom Lehman Sean Lehman
Justin Leonard Luke Leonard
Mark O’Meara Shaun O’Meara
Gary Player Jordan Player
Nick Price Greg Price
Vijay Singh Qass Singh
Annika Sorenstam Will McGee
Jordan Spieth Shawn Spieth
Justin Thomas Mike Thomas
Lee Trevino Daniel Trevino
Tiger Woods Charlie Woods

How to watch the 2022 PNC Championship:

Friday, December 16:

  • PNC Pro-Am Coverage: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM – Golf Channel / Peacock

Saturday, December 17:

  • 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM – Peacock
  • 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM – NBC

Sunday, December 18:

  • 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM – Peacock
  • 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM – Golf Channel
  • 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM – NBC

RELATED: Best PNC moments from Tiger, Charlie Woods

How do I watch golf on Peacock?

It’s easy: just Sign up for a Premium plan. Once you’re signed up, you can start streaming live golfing events, always-on channels like GolfPass, golf documentaries, and series like School of Golf right away.

What devices will Peacock support?

You can enjoy Peacock on a variety of devices. View the full list of supported devices here.

RELATED: Look back on the best moments from Team Woods at the PNC Championship

Presidents Cup singles recaps: U.S. clinches 12th win in 14 tries

2022 Presidents Cup - Day Four
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Trevor Immelman’s International team began the week at Quail Hollow Club outmanned and as massive underdogs before digging themselves a big hole. But for a moment on Sunday, it looked as if the visitors would dig themselves out of it.

That was until the Americans shut the door, winning the Presidents Cup for the 12th time in 14 events.

After winning Saturday afternoon’s fourball session, the Internationals entered Sunday trailing by four points and needing to win at least 8 1/2 of a possible 12 points in singles to pull off the upset. They gave it their all, too, at one point pushing the projected final score to just 16-14.

But Tony Finau flipped an important match versus Taylor Pendrith and Xander Schauffele hung on after letting Corey Conners tie their match after being 3 down on the back nine. Add in some match-tying going on toward the bottom of the tee sheet and that was enough to kill any momentum the Internationals had.

Schauffele then secured the clinching point with a 1-up win over Conners.

Here is a match-by-match recap of Sunday’s singles matches (as they finish) in Charlotte, North Carolina:

Match 19: Si Woo Kim (INT) def. Justin Thomas (U.S.), 1 up

This one was chippy. Thomas led for much of the way, turning in 2 up. But Kim birdied Nos. 10 and 11 from 20 and 11 feet, respectively, to tie the match. A couple holes later, with Thomas back to 1 up, Kim made Thomas putt from inside of 3 feet to tie No. 13, and the decision clearly miffed Thomas, who rolled in the par. Kim won the next hole with par and then shushed the crowd after matching Thomas’ par make at No. 15. Kim and Thomas traded holes at Nos. 16 and 17, the latter won by Thomas after he stuck his approach to 3 feet. It looked as if the two would play to a half-point, but Kim birdied the par-4 18th hole from 10 feet while Thomas missed from 9 feet to drop to 17-5-3 in Cup matches. Kim earned his third point of the week.

Match 20: Jordan Spieth (U.S.) def. Cam Davis (INT), 4 and 3

Early on, it appeared as if Spieth’s Cup singles struggles would continue as Spieth, 0-6-1 in the format between the Presidents and Ryder cups, fell 2 down after two holes. But Spieth holed 20-plus-foot birdie putts on Nos. 4 and 5 (from the fringe) to tie the match. He added a 27-foot par make at the par-5 seventh to remain even with the rookie Aussie, who bogeyed the ninth after retaking the lead with par at No. 8. That allowed Spieth to take momentum to the back nine, where he birdies Nos. 11-13 to win those holes and take a commanding lead that he wouldn’t surrender. His win capped a 5-0 week as Spieth became just the sixth player in event history to accomplish the feat and the first American since Jim Furyk in 2011. “I was more nervous than I probably should’ve been today,” Spieth said, “but I really wanted to get that monkey off my back.”

Match 21: Sam Burns (U.S.) tied Hideki Matsuyama (INT)

Burns capped his debut Cup with an 0-3-2 performance, but he played much better than that record indicates. He was 2 down on the front nine to Matsuyama before birdieing Nos. 10-12 to take his first lead of the match. The birdie on No. 10 came from nearly 50 feet. Burns gave the lead away at the par-4 15th hole as Matsuyama won it with bogey, but the American managed to sneak away with an important half-point after Matsuyama’s birdie chip at the par-4 finishing hole hit the flagstick and stayed out.

Match 22: Patrick Cantlay (U.S.) def. Adam Scott (INT), 3 and 2

Cantlay jumped on the veteran Aussie by making two birdie bombs at Nos. 2 and 3 (from 20 and 27 feet, respectively). Scott bogeyed the par-3 fourth to go 3 down and couldn’t claw back to better than 2 down as he won just two holes all match. Cantlay sealed the win – and a three-point week personally – after Scott lipped out a 12-foot birdie putt at the par-5 16th hole and Cantlay rolled in a short par putt.

Match 23: Sebastian Munoz (INT) def. Scottie Scheffler (U.S.), 2 and 1

Scheffler played the first seven holes like a man on a mission to secure his first full point of the event. He carded two birdies and led 2 up at that point. But Munoz won Nos. 8-10 to flip the match. Both played traded 60-foot eagle bombs at No. 11, and Munoz kept Scheffler at arm’s length, birdieing three of his next six holes while winning No. 15 and 17 to send the world No. 1 home at 0-3-1.

Match 24: Tony Finau (U.S.) def. Taylor Pendrith (INT), 3 and 1

Each player led 2 up at one point in a back-and-forth fight. Finau won the first two holes before Pendrith got them right back and then some, winning four of the next five holes – three with birdies – to take a 2-up lead of his own. But Finau didn’t give up. He birdies Nos. 11-13 to retake the lead and made some crucial putts – 13-foot and 15-foot birdie makes at Nos. 16-17, respectively – to put Pendrith away.

Match 25: Xander Schauffele (U.S.) def. Corey Conners (INT), 1 up

Schauffele did everything he could to give a point to the struggling Conners, but the Canadian ultimately couldn’t take advantage. He went 0-3 in team play and then carded five bogeys and double against Schauffele. The American led 3 up after winning No. 10 with par, but then lost Nos. 12-14 by playing that stretch in 2 over. He appeared to be on his way to losing No. 15, too, after driving his ball into the water. But he hit an incredible third shot from 220 yards out and an awkward lie to 11 feet and made par to win the hole. Conners squandered a big chance at the par-4 17th hole, missing a 5-foot par putt that would’ve won the hole. By tying the hole, Schauffele guaranteed himself at least a half-point, which would get the Americans to 15 points – enough to retain the Cup. Schauffele tied the last to win 1 up and get the clinching full point.