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PGA Championship Recap: Thomas Wins First Major

Len Hochberg

Hochberg covers golf for RotoWire. A veteran sports journalist, he contributes to Sports on Earth and was an editor and reporter at The Washington Post for many years.

They say that Justin Thomas is pound-for-pound the longest hitter in golf. He sure does produce quite a wallop from his 5-foot-10, 145-pound frame, ranking among the top-10 in driving distance on the PGA Tour.

But last week, in the strongest field in golf all season, Thomas hit it farther than everyone. Farther than Dustin Johnson, farther than Rory McIlroy. That remarkable display of power off the tee carried Thomas to his first major title in the 99th PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club.

With three other victories earlier in the season, Thomas is almost a shoo-in for Player of the Year. He also moved to career-best No. 6 in the world rankings.

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