Justin Thomas, the PGA Championship winner, believes his comeback triumph at Southern Hills was “unfathomable”

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Justin Thomas described his comeback triumph at the PGA Championship as “unfathomable” and expressed his joy at averting the possibility of being a “one-hit wonder” by winning a second major championship.

Thomas was eight strokes off the lead after eight holes of his final round at Southern Hills last Sunday but rebounded to set the clubhouse target at five-under and then went on to win a play-off against fellow American Will Zalatoris.

Thomas earned his second major title, five years after winning his first at Quail Hollow, also the PGA Championship.

Instead of taking a week off, the World No. 5 will compete in the Charles Schwab Challenge in Texas.

“I was eight back with 10 holes to play,” Thomas said of his major victory last week, which came when Chile’s Mito Pereira double-bogeyed the final hole to forfeit a one-shot lead. That’s incomprehensible.

“If I was looking at leaderboards, I probably would not have thought I even had a chance to win. It’s a huge learning lesson for me.

“You’ve got to play golf. In those majors and in golf tournaments, anything can happen. I just kind of kept plugging along, and somehow it happened. It was a whirlwind of a weekend.

“Five years have felt like an eternity since Quail Hollow. I was definitely glad that I could finally answer the question of when am I going to get my second [major] versus just being a one-hit-wonder.

“I feel like I’ve been playing some of the best golf of my career the last year and have literally had nothing to show for it – no wins. It’s hard to win out here and you just don’t know when it’s going to happen again.

“For it to happen at the biggest stage, at a major, with my family there, I just was kind of taking it in and couldn’t kind of believe that it happened.”

Thomas won his 17th professional tournament, but it was his first since beating Lee Westwood to win The Players Championship in March 2021.

The 29-year-old, when asked how he plans to win the Charles Schwab Challenge this week, said: “By putting [the PGA Championship] in the rearview mirror.

“I want to appreciate it; I don’t want to pretend it never happened, but I also have next week off to do so and spend time with my family and friends if that’s what we want to do.

“I have a golf tournament this week, and I’m just trying to perform and play as well as I possibly can and hopefully give us something else to celebrate.”

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