Justin Thomas had just hit a 6-foot birdie putt on the par-5 10th hole in the final round of the 2017 PGA Championship. He had just watched Hideki Matsuyama make a 20-footer for a birdie of his own. And now Thomas’ ball was hanging on the lip, just to the left of inside the hole.
It seemed like Thomas would be denied a birdie on the first par 5 on the back and lose ground to Matsuyama, who Thomas has been battling all season for the most PGA Tour wins.
Then Thomas started waiting the 10 seconds he’s allowed under the Rules of Golf to see if the ball will somehow tumble into the hole with help of wind, gravity or some other invisible force.
At 9-and-a-half seconds, the ball turned right and into the hole for a birdie.
— PGA of America (@PGA) August 13, 2017
As the crowd roared, Thomas gave a Michael Jordan shrug and then tipped his hat as he reached 7 under par for the championship. Thomas didn’t lose ground on the lead, and he’s got a good chance to win his first major championship.