Dramatic putt helps Thomas earn first major title

Dramatic putt helps Thomas earn first major title

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The ball hung there on the lip of the 10th hole, three seconds, five seconds, ten seconds. Justin Thomas paced, knowing that he needed it to fall, knowing that he had no room for error at a PGA Championship where half a dozen other golfers lurked all around him.

And then the ball dropped, and Thomas’s life changed forever.

(Purists would complain that Thomas waited too long for the putt to drop, that the birdie putt shouldn’t have counted because it took longer than 10 seconds for the ball to drop. But golf’s rules are vague enough that Thomas had wiggle room to “approach” the ball while waiting for it to drop. Plus, this isn’t the U.S. Open; nitpicking rules officials took the…



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