Monday, 14 August 2017
Francesco Molinari  (Getty Images)
Francesco Molinari (Getty Images)

Justin Thomas fired a closing 68 to beat Francesco Molinari, Louis Oosthuizen and Patrick Reed by two shots at the US PGA Championship.

Here, we take a look at what Molinari, Oosthuizen and Reed had to say after their final rounds at Quail Hollow Club.

Francesco Molinari (67, -6)

"It was great. Yesterday I had a really bad start and it was pretty hard to recover from that, so that adds to the satisfaction after today. It would have been nice to start the day maybe a couple of shots closer to the leaders but it was great getting to the last three holes tied for the lead. It's what you practise for and what you train for. Hopefully I'll get more soon. Great round today. Started very well and  just had it rolling pretty much all day. It was a shame to bogey the tenth after a good tee-shot but the reaction after that was very good, birdieing four of the next five holes. I think I've played close to 30 Majors now and I have to say this is probably one of the toughest courses I've seen. The rain last night maybe made it a little bit softer today, a little bit more receptive but, still, the greens were extremely fast. The rough is really thick. There's water in play. It's long. I mean, there's nothing really easy about it."

Louis Oosthuizen (70, -6)

"I didn't really make any putts the whole round, the only putt I made was on the last hole. Two loose shots on ten and 11 probably cost me one, maybe two shots. I gave it everything I had coming in. I left myself with an impossible first putt on 16 and could have done better than that but three-putted. And then difficult hitting it close on 17, trying to make birdie. Hit one good putt on 18."

Patrick Reed (67, -6)

"What I was most impressed with was it didn't feel any different. I was just out there trying to make as many birdies as possible. My coach preached all day and last night: 'Tomorrow's Monday. So treat today as if it's a Monday qualifier. You have to go out and shoot the lowest round'. I felt like I went out there, I made enough birdies but I had too many bogeys. I had too many good opportunities for birdies and a really good opportunity on ten for eagle and just burned edges rather than making putts.  To be as far back as I was coming in today, to win a golf tournament you have to make every one of them. You can't sit there and you can't miss putts. Even if they are 30-footers, if you're that far back to win, you have to make all of them. Unfortunately I wasn't able to do that."

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1THOMAS, JustinUSA18-8
T2MOLINARI, FrancescoITA18-6
T2REED, PatrickUSA18-6
T2OOSTHUIZEN, LouisRSA18-6
T5FOWLER, RickieUSA18-5
T5MATSUYAMA, HidekiJPN18-5

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