Day 4 at Quail Hollow
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Patrick Reed: His roller-coaster round began with a par, then became feast or famine for the next six holes — bogey, birdie, birdie, bogey, birdie, birdie. He got as low as 7 under for the tournament with his last birdie at No. 15, but a bogey at the final hole left him with a 67 and tied for second place with Francesco Molinari and Louis Oosthuizen.
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Kevin Kisner: The third-round leader was even par for the day and still in contention at 7 under after back-to-back birdies at Nos. 14 and 15. But the final three holes vexed him. He played them in a combined 6 over par on Saturday and Sunday, including a double-bogey 6 at No. 18. He finished with a 74 and dropped into a tie for seventh.
On the course with …
Jon Rahm: The Spaniard finished tied for 58th at 3 over, but he got crowd-pleasing points for creativity. When his approach shot on No. 18 landed near a stream and within the water hazard, Rahm stood with his back to the green and chipped backward using only his right arm. The ball bounced four times before rolling 45 feet from the pin, drawing a loud cheer from the gallery.
Eventual winner Justin Thomas stroked an 8-foot putt for a badly needed birdie on No. 10 and appeared to leave it hanging on the lip of the cup. He took his time walking up to the ball, still in disbelief that it hadn’t fallen in, but finally stopped staring it down and turned to caddie Jimmy Johnson to say, “How did that not go in?” And then it did, some 12 seconds after it first stopped, prompting comparisons to Tiger Woods’ slow-motion chip-in during the 2005 Masters.
• Thomas’ father, Mike, keeps a ball from every tournament his son has ever won. He’s now up to 131.
Par-4, 506-yard No. 16: The beginning of the “Green Mile” — three of the toughest finishing holes in professional golf — is No. 16, which was a stingy place to try to make up ground. The hole yielded only two birdies, and the scoring average there Sunday was 4.32.
Quote of the day
“I can’t put it into words. I wish my grandpa could be here for it. It’s so special to get it done. I’ve glad we have a trophy now.”
— Thomas on his PGA of America heritage; he is the son and grandson of PGA club pros.
Tweet of the day
“I feel like ‘27 Dresses’ is the movie analogy of Ricky Fowler’s career so far. He is always saying congrats to his friends.”
— BAMCIS commenting on Thomas’ victory, while close chum Fowler — often in contention, but yet to win a major — finished tied for fifth and waited by the 18th green to give Thomas a hug (@BAMCIS_General)