Not Tiger Woods: Justin Thomas Reveals the ‘Dear’ Person He Called Moments After Winning the PGA

Published 05/23/2022, 2:18 PM EDT

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Justin Thomas won the 2022 PGA Championship in a dramatic playoff against Will Zalatoris. He came back from a seven-stroke deficit on the final day and won the event. Moreover, after winning the event, Justin was snapped talking to someone on the 18th green. 

Initially, everyone thought that JT had called Tiger Woods after winning the trophy. Few people even heard Justin saying, “Hi, dear,” and since everyone knows they are best pals, most were assured it was Tiger Woods. However, in the post-round press conference, Thomas revealed who the ‘dear person’ he called moments after winning the 2022 PGA Championship was.


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“I was talking to Lance Young, my agent. He’s at home,” revealed Justin. Hence, he swept aside the whole speculation of Tiger Woods being on the other end of the line. 

Justin Thomas defies all odds at the 2022 PGA Championship

Justin Thomas made a strong start to the 2022 PGA Championship. He was -3 after round one and was two behind the leader. Furthermore, he had an incredible second round as he finished 3-behind Will Zalatoris, the leader going into the moving day. 


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However, JT had a horrifying round three as he carded 74 for the day and slipped down -2 thru 54 holes. He was seven strokes behind the leader Mito Pereira. The odds of Thomas lifting the Wanamaker trophy were only 1.2% going into the final day. And no expert or analyst gave Justin a chance until the final few stretches when he annihilated the field. 


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Even though he carded only 67 and remained -3 for the day and -5 for the event, it was enough to force a playoff against young Zalatoris. The conditions were diabolic because of which the 54-hole leader couldn’t maintain his score of -9 and slipped down to -4 as he carded 75 for the day. 

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In the playoffs, according to the rules, they considered the aggregate of 3 holes. Notably, the three playoff holes were 13, 17, and 18. So both Zalatoris and JT made a birdie on the 13th while Zalatoris carded par and Thomas a birdie on the 17th as well. Therefore, Will had to make a birdie on the final hole, while a par was all that JT needed to clinch the Wanamaker trophy. 


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Will failed to score a birdie while Justin Thomas finished the hole with a par and was crowned champion of the second major championship event of the season.

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Amey Kulkarni

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Amey Kulkarni is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in mass media from HR College, Mumbai. Before joining EssentiallySports he used to write articles on Golf and Cricket on his personal blog cricgolf.

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