Golf’s new young gun

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Justin Thomas is very much a modern golfer, said John Hug­gan in The Daily Tele­graph. Although he cuts a slight fig­ure, weigh­ing less than 11st, the 24-year-old Ken­tucky na­tive hits the ball “star­tlingly” far, putting enor­mous ef­fort into ev­ery shot. In the past, that “ag­gres­sion” has cost him dearly – most re­cently at June’s US Open, when he started promis­ingly but fell away to a ninth-place fin­ish. But in the PGA Cham­pi­onship last week­end at Quail Hol­low, in North Carolina, there were no such mis­takes: Thomas held his nerve to win his first ma­jor by two shots. And he did it in style, mak­ing a birdie on the penul­ti­mate hole.

Thomas’s win was a “mile­stone”, said Bob Harig on ESPN. It fol­lowed the vic­tory of Jor­dan Spi­eth, Thomas’s close friend and ri­val, in The Open last month; mark­ing the first time in 94 years that two play­ers un­der the age of 25 have won back-to-back ma­jors. And it con­tin­ued a cu­ri­ous trend in golf: Thomas is the eighth first­time ma­jor win­ner in the last of nine such events – in that time, only Spi­eth has won more than once. It was a great week, too, for Jor­dan Smith, a 24-year-old from Bath, said Ewan Murray in The Guardian. Only two years ago, he was strug­gling to make ends meet in golf’s third tier. But with his vic­tory in the Euro­pean Open last month, he earned a maiden ma­jor start at Quail Hol­low. Smith “made the most of it”: he fin­ished the tour­na­ment in ninth place, ahead of any other Bri­tish player.

Thomas: “mile­stone” win

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