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Thomas wins PGA title in shootout

CHARLOTTE (AFP) – Justin Thomas made two spectacular birdies in the final six holes Sunday to win the PGA Championship, the 14th-ranked American taking his first major title in a back-nine shootout thriller.

On a day that saw five players share the lead at one stage, Thomas fired a three-under par 68 to finish 72 holes on eight-under par 276 for a two-stroke victory over South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen, Italy’s Francesco Molinari and American Patrick Reed.

“I knew know matter what my game was at I had to be patient,’’ Thomas said. “I knew I had the game to get it done. I just had to put it out there.’’