Thomas, the 2017 PGA champion captured his second major title by going two-under par in the playoff with Zalatoris on one-under.
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Zalatoris and Thomas each birdied the par-5 13th. At the par-4 17th, Thomas drove the green and two-putted for birdie from 36 feet while Zalatoris chipped to seven feet but missed his birdie bid.
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At the 18th hole, Zalatoris missed a 40-foot birdie try and Thomas two-putted from 26 feet, tapping in for par and the victory.
Thomas, who began the day seven strokes adrift, matched the greatest last-round comeback in PGA history, American John Mahaffey’s seven-shot rally at Oakmont in 1978.
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The title came after a heartbreaking last-hole collapse by Chile’s Mito Pereira, who led all day only to end with a double-bogey disaster and squander the trophy.
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Thomas fired a three-under-par 67 in Sunday’s final round and Zalatoris, last year’s Masters runner-up, shot 71 to finish 72 holes at Southern Hills deadlocked on five-under 275.
Pereira, who clung to at least a share of the lead throughout a dramatic final round, drove way right into water on the 18th hole on the way to a double bogey to tumble from the lead, shooting a 75 to share third with American Cameron Young on 276.