Justin Thomas Gives Golf Club To Fan At PGA Championship

After his 60-degree wedge was destroyed by the bunkers at Oak Hill, JT gifted it to an onlooking fan

Justin Thomas hits a wedge shot
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Justin Thomas is one of the most recognized golfers on the planet, with the American a two-time Major winner, as well as a former World No.1. Along with his classy golf, he is also a crowd favourite and, at the PGA Championship, that showed as JT gave his wedge to a fan during the final round at Oak Hill.

Thomas, who was paired with Phil Mickelson during the final day, had struggled during the last 18 holes and, following his round, it was revealed by Dan Rapaport that JT had given the fan his wedge after it was damaged by the bunkers.

Beginning his final round, the 30-year-old made a double-bogey and bogey on his front nine to sit three-over-par for his round. From there, he made birdies at the 10th and 13th, before a bogey at the 17th meant a round of two-over and tournament total of 12-over-par for a T68 finish.

A Titleist staffer, JT would likely have a new Vokey wedge in his bag by the time he had got back to the clubhouse but, it was certainly a nice gift for the onlooking young fan, who can head home with a piece of golfing memorabilia.

It's not the first time we've seen players giving away gifts to fans during this week's PGA Championship. On Wednesday, Joel Dahmen struck a fan on the calf with an errant shot and, following the incident, gifted him a nice $100 bill to get the beers in.

Thomas hits a chip shot at Oak Hill

Thomas had come into the week at Oak Hill as the defending PGA champion

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Along with Thomas and Dahmen, Eddie Pepperell famously gave away his lob wedge to a fan on the final hole at the D+D Real Czech Masters because he was the only one cheering for him. At the time, the Englishman stated: "He told me my ball hit a sprinkler on the last and kicked on and he gave me a clap for my shot. He was the only one I heard clapping so I said, 'Here you go, you can have my lob wedge.'"

One last similar story came in 2018, when Danny Lee gave his putter to a young fan after missing the cut at the Greenbrier Classic. The 32-year-old had been using an Odyssey mallet that day, but lost more than three shots to the field.

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x