What a season! Ranking the four majors of 2017

Jason Day error dents his USPGA Championship chances as Kevin Kisner takes lead into final round

Jason Day error dents his USPGA Championship chances as Kevin Kisner takes lead into final round

What makes major championships so compelling and what makes winning them so precious is the fact that it hurts like insane to lose them.

Thomas didn't start the round looking like the eventual victor after making bogeys on two of the first three holes. "I was more so looking at Jimmy asking, 'How does it not go in?' And as soft as it was going, I felt like the grain had to take it".

I'll leave to others the task of unpacking the specific players and analyzing the shots gone right and wrong. "Whatever I made a decision to be, ... just enjoy it".

"As a kid growing up, you want to win all the majors. I stayed patient and tried to give myself as many pars as possible". "I thought I had to get a 10 (under) starting the day to win, and that was about right, so I had every opportunity".

"Hindsight is great, but chipping out brought the water hazard in play".

"The putt on 10 was amusing because it snuck up on the hole", said Thomas. That's why some players are great. On the Quail Hollow track, Thomas had what it took to reign supreme.

More important than the golf lessons were the support or parents who "treated me the same whether I shot 66 or 76", Justin said.

"I have to work on my mental game".

The 5-foot-9, 150-pound Fowler won the Honda Classic in February and has six top-five finishes this season.

"I don't know what I'm going to do", he said.

Day fired birdies on the 14 and 15 today to edge past Victorian Marc Leishman as the low Australian. "It's sort of the way it has been the last few weeks", world number four McIlroy said after shooting a three-under-par 68 at Quail Hollow to finish one over for the year's last major.

He finished two strokes ahead of Francesco Molinari, Patrick Reed, and Louis Oosthuizen.

Mike's father Paul was the head professional at Zanesville (Ohio) Country Club for more than a quarter-century, at a time when competing was a large part of the pro's job description.

He started his final round on Sunday at the PGA Championship at +3, 10 shots behind leader lone third-round leader Kevin Kisner.

In the end, he hit his tee-shot into a fairway bunker, but found the green in three and two-putted from 28 feet to become the eighth first-time victor in the last nine Majors.

Thomas made two birdies before making the turn, and then dropped in another birdie on No.10 that shook the grounds of Quail Hallow, with the ball hanging on the lip for almost 12 seconds, inspiring thoughts of Tiger Woods' iconic chip-in at the Masters in 2005.

Matsuyama opened his round with a par, but in a sign of things to come, dropped a shot on the second after a poor chip left him too much to do with the short stick.

The young American atoned for a blocked tee shot to the 13th with a sublime pitch-in for an unlikely two which gave him the outright lead, which he preserved with a clutch up-and-down from sand to salvage a battling par at 16 before he knocked a bold tee shot to 15 feet at the penultimate hole.

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