Justin Thomas on PNC win with dad: 'More emotional than other victories'

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Mike Thomas admitted that Saturday’s start at the PNC Championship was more stressful than he’d anticipated, but he made Sunday’s finish look stress-free.

After he and his son, PGA Tour star Justin, got off to a torrid start with seven consecutive birdies to begin their round, Mike Thomas calmly rolled in a 5-footer for birdie at the final hole for a 25-under total and a one-stroke victory over Vijay Singh and Singh’s son, Qass.

In a career that’s included 13 Tour victories and a major championship, Justin Thomas said Sunday’s triumph at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Orlando was different.

“One hundred percent it was [different], it was the most enjoyable. More emotional than other victories. I wanted my dad to make that putt [at No. 18] so bad,” Justin Thomas said. “Obviously, we wanted to win and we wanted to play well, it’s crazy to say going into the tournament that a part of you just doesn’t care. We’re here to be father and son and just have fun and enjoy this special moment together.”

Justin Thomas: Playing with Mike at PNC ‘fitting’ end 2020

For Mike Thomas, the victory was particularly sweet following weeks of trash-talking between the PGA of America professional and Tiger Woods’ son, Charlie. A day after Team Tiger was paired with Team Thomas on Saturday, Mike was asked if he planned to show the champion’s belt to 11-year-old Charlie.

“I will, he got one of my dollars on the putting green yesterday, so I’ll be sure to show him,” he laughed.

Tiger and Charlie Woods (62-62) finished in seventh place and five strokes behind Team Thomas.