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Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Thomas claims first Major with two-shot USPGA victory

24-year-old stays cool to emulate best friend Spieth

USPGA champion Justin Thomas
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Justin Thomas is 40-1 to win The Masters after the 24-year-old from Kentucky won his first Major at the USPGA Championship on Sunday.

Thomas, who had played in the final pairing of June's US Open, followed the victory of his close friend Jordan Spieth at last month's Open by claiming a two-shot victory at Quail Hollow.

Fellow American Patrick Reed, Italy's Francesco Molinari and South African Louis Oosthuizen were Thomas's nearest challengers as the winner pushed away from a congested leaderboard.

He hit a birdie on the tenth when his putt took an age to drop into the hole just when it seemed it would stay on the edge and he then had the Carolina galleries in raptures when he chipped in for birdie on the 13th.

Hideki Matsuyama and Chris Stroud, both of whom had claimed victories the previous week, saw their challenges slip away and third-round leader Kevin Kisner closed with a disappointing 74.

Ante-post favourite Rory McIlroy closed with his best round of the week, a 68, but he was able to only tie for 22nd on a course where he has won twice on the US Tour.

Dustin Johnson, who missed the Augusta showpiece with a back injury this year, is 7-1 favourite to win the Green Jacket.

The tour stays in North Carolina this week for the Wyndham Championship at Greensboro, while the Paul Lawrie Match Play and the non-televised Fiji International are also in the diary.

Where your money went

1 J Thomas 45-1
T2 F Molinari 150-1
T2 P Reed 110-1
T2 L Oosthuizen 125-1
T5 R Fowler 16-1
T5 H Matsuyama 12-1
T7 G DeLaet 300-1
T7 K Kisner 100-1
T9 J Smith 250-1
T9 M Kuchar 66-1
T9 J Day 33-1
T9 C Stroud 400-1

Top American
1 J Thomas 25-1
2 P Reed 50-1
3 R Fowler 10-1
4 K Kisner 50-1
T5 M Kuchar 33-1
T5 C Stroud n/a

Top Asian
1 H Matsuyama 8-15
2 B H An 16-1

Top European
1 F Molinari 40-1
2 J Smith n/a
3 H Stenson 16-1
4 P Casey 18-1

Top GB & Ireland
1 J Smith 45-1
2 P Casey 10-1
3 R McIlroy 13-8
4 I Poulter 18-1

Top Dane
1 T Olesen 6-5

Top English
1 J Smith 22-1
2 P Casey 9-2
3 I Poulter 9-1

Top Continental European
1 F Molinari 20-1
2 H Stenson 13-2
3 T Olesen 22-1
4 J Rahm 18-5

Top Rest of the World
1 L Oosthuizen 22-1
2 H Matsuyama 3-1
3 G DeLaet 40-1
4 J Day 13-2

Top South African
1 L Oosthuizen 10-3
2 R Sterne 12-1

Hole in One?
Yes 11-10

No 1-4

Ante-post favourite Rory McIlroy closed with his best round of the week, a 68, but he was able to only tie for 22nd
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