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Golf, it is a cruel, cruel game and, at the PGA Championship (opens in new tab), that proved to be the case, with Mito Pereira producing a double bogey at the very last hole to miss out on a playoff and an opportunity to secure the biggest title of his career.
Standing on the 18th tee box, the Chilean had been one shot ahead of the American duo of Will Zalatoris and Justin Thomas. However, after finding the water with his drive, the 27-year-old failed to get up-and-down, as a double-bogey six meant he missed out on a playoff place and a chance to not only secure his first PGA Tour title, but also a Major opportunity as well.
Understandably, social media was sympathetic towards the Chilean, with many voicing sympathy for Pereira (opens in new tab), who had just lost the biggest title of his career. Check out the responses below.
Where it all went wrong for Mito Pereira.. 18th tee shot ➡️ Into the water 💦#PGAChampionship pic.twitter.com/3xmRpPUd9wMay 22, 2022
OH MY GODMay 22, 2022
“You have so much pressure in your body you don’t even know what you’re doing.” Mito Pereira able to laugh off (at least publicly) an all-time tough loss. Incredible moment. Props to him for even talking about it. pic.twitter.com/B2Y0qRe2TSMay 22, 2022
Noooo, Mito 😢May 22, 2022
All class from Mito there at the end. Respect.May 22, 2022
pic.twitter.com/FNiwr1gcHPMay 22, 2022
Oh, man... sinking in... #PGAChampionship pic.twitter.com/w7ThcMxBSGMay 22, 2022
Watching golf is crazy… you want something bad to happen and then when it does it you instantly regret wanting it in the first place! 🤷🏻♂️ Wtf …May 22, 2022
I feel terrible for Mito Pereira. All he had to do was stay out the drink and make par on the 18th hole to win the PGA Championship. But he hit it in the water and double bogeyed 18 and fell out of contention. Now there's a 3-hole playoff that he's not in to decide the winner.May 22, 2022
You hate to see anyone blow it at the end but this Willy Zilly/JT playoff is about to be so good👀May 22, 2022
Gutted for Mito Pereira. He played brilliantly and just had a bad hole at the worst possible moment.May 22, 2022
Pereira simultaneously made this exponentially more exciting to watch, yet really, really hard to watch.May 22, 2022
Mito Pereira not only speaks on live TV after that brutal finish, but smiles and laughs. He earned a lot of fans today.May 22, 2022
18th hole blow up for Mito, you hate to see it. Major pressure is real and it’s spectacular.May 22, 2022
Jesus that was a tough watch, feel sorry for Mito Pereira. ⛳ LFG JT. #PGAChampionship2022May 22, 2022
Gutted for Mito - hate to see anyone finish that way. He played major-winning golf for 71 holes. 71 holes! One final par does it. That's the thin line with this stuff. Play like a champion for 98.6 percent of the tournament and it's not good enough.May 22, 2022
Oh Mito Pereira, oh boy oh boy. Inches from a two shot lead on 17 then 💔 on the last. Golf is a cruel mistress at times #USPGAMay 22, 2022
Never heard of Mito Pereira before this week and today I’m so gutted for him. Shades of Van de Velde. Hope he can bounce back. Think he will. #PGAChampionship2022May 22, 2022
Jean van de Velde moment for poor Mito Pereira 💦 pic.twitter.com/aCPQnxP4JPMay 22, 2022
So many different emotions watching this.May 22, 2022
This is why golf is the worst. 71 amazing holes played and one bad swing cost him the entire tournament. But also why it’s so incredible to watch because you never know what’s going to happenMay 22, 2022
I don't watch much golf. But man, have to feel for Mito Pereira. That was just BRUTAL.May 22, 2022
But really. Poor Mito. Gutted for him. He seems like a lovely lad and im sure this is just the start of a great careerMay 22, 2022
Joaquin Niemann is all of us watching Mito Pereira on 18 rn pic.twitter.com/mThvZNwrZKMay 22, 2022
Feel for Mito. He was brilliant all week. Remember Scottie after winning the Masters admitting he was in tears Sunday morning wondering if he was ready for that day? He’s ranked 1. Mito is 100. First time on the stage. It’s a LOT. Playoff should be fun. Wish Mito made it.May 22, 2022
Matt studied Sports Journalism at Southampton Solent University, graduating in 2019. Now a freelance writer for Golf Monthly and the PGA, he covers all aspects of the game, from Tour news to equipment testing and buyers’ guides. Taking up the game at the age of six, Matt currently holds a handicap of 3 and despite not having a hole in one…yet, he has had two albatrosses. His favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.
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