Tiger Woods congratulates Justin Thomas on PGA Championship win: 'Once he got his shot he didn’t look back'

Thomas fought to get into position of forcing a playoff and after Mito Pereira collapsed on the 18th hole, he was put into the playoff against Zalatoris at Southern Hills. Thomas had two birdies and saved par in the three-hole format and was holding the Wanamaker Trophy at the end of the day.

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Justin Thomas of the United States reacts to his winning putt on the 18th hole with caddie Jim "뼈" Mackay, the third playoff hole during the final round of the 2022 PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club on May 22, 2022 in Tulsa, 오클라호마.

Justin Thomas of the United States reacts to his winning putt on the 18th hole with caddie Jim “뼈” Mackay, the third playoff hole during the final round of the 2022 PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club on May 22, 2022 in Tulsa, 오클라호마. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Big congrats to @JustinThomas34! He kept himself in this championship until the very end and once he got his shot he didn’t look back. Thanks to Tulsa and the @PGAChampionship for a great week,” Woods wrote.

Woods and Thomas developed a friendship over the last few years and the two kept in touch while Woods recovered from the devastating leg injury he suffered in a 2021 자동차 충돌.

PGA CHAMPIONSHIP: MITO PEREIRA ADDRESSES COLLAPSE ON 18TH HOLE

Woods withdrew from the PGA Championship after the third round. He recorded a 79 in Saturday’s third round which was his worst score ever in a PGA championship. He recorded seven bogeys and one double bogey during the round with the only bright spot being a birdie on the 15th hole.

Tiger Woods of the United States and Justin Thomas of the United States walk on the seventh hole during a practice round prior to the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 04, 2022 in Augusta, 그루지야.

Tiger Woods of the United States and Justin Thomas of the United States walk on the seventh hole during a practice round prior to the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 04, 2022 in Augusta, 그루지야. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

In the three-round playoff format, Thomas finished with two birdies and a par for his second PGA Championship victory.

Thomas and Zalatoris both stayed within range of the leader Mito Pereira all day and capitalized when Pereira had a tough go at the 18th hole. Pereira failed to keep the lead and missed out on a chance to win the tournament in the playoff.

Thomas and Zalatoris started the first playoff hole with birdies. On the second hole, Thomas went up one stroke with a birdie on the second playoff hole. Zalatoris saved par.

Will Zalatoris waves after making a putt on the eighth hole during the final round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Southern Hills Country Club, 일요일, 할 수있다 22, 2022, in Tulsa, Okla.

Will Zalatoris waves after making a putt on the eighth hole during the final round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Southern Hills Country Club, 일요일, 할 수있다 22, 2022, in Tulsa, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

On the final hole, Thomas and Zalatoris saved par.

Thomas and Zalatoris were 5-under par for the tournament before going into the playoff.

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