It took a collapse from Mito Pereira (who hit his tee shot into the drink on 18) and a three-hole playoff with Will Zalatoris, but Justin Thomas was the last man standing Sunday, erasing a seven-stroke deficit in the final round to win the PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa.
The 29-year-old, who moved up to fifth in the world rankings following Sunday’s win, made the interview rounds Monday morning, hopping on Sirius XM to chat about his 15th tour victory and first since last year’s Players Championship at Sawgrass. Given an opening, the Alabama alum wasted no time burying Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher, who escalated his long-running feud with mentor-turned-nemesis Nick Saban in an explosive press conference last week. Fisher’s hostility stemmed from disparaging remarks made by Saban, who accused A&M of buying “every player on their team.”
“I got a 24-hour rule,” said Thomas, a reference to Saban’s rule of taking 24 hours to celebrate a win before moving on to the next opponent. “I’m not sure what Jimbo Fisher’s rule is, but I guess he’s got to win something first before he figures out his rule.”
While not entirely accurate—Fisher has a ring from his time at Florida State and also beat Saban in their lone matchup last season—Thomas throwing shade at an SEC rival should come as no surprise. Before turning pro, Thomas played two seasons at ‘Bama, helping the Crimson Tide win a national championship in 2013.
Sunday marked Thomas’ second career major with his first coming in the 2017 PGA Championship played at Quail Hollow. We’ll see what Thomas does for an encore when he returns to action at the Charles Schwab Challenge in Texas later this week.