Thomas admitted to CNN’s Don Riddell after the occasion that it was 1.2% greater than he would have given himself.
Towards all odds, the 29-year-old dazzled with a round-best three-under 67 to place himself inside a shot of chief Mito Pereira.
A disastrous double bogey on the 18th for the Chilean left the destiny of the Wanamaker Trophy to a playoff between Thomas and fellow American Will Zalatoris, with Thomas holding his nerve over three holes to clinch the second main of his profession.
As a spectacular solo efficiency on Sunday coincided with Pereira’s late dip, the celebs aligned for Thomas to tug off a comeback of historic proportions.
“Once you’re that far behind in a serious, you’ll be able to’t do all of it your self — you want some assist,” he stated. “I understood that it was going be powerful for these guys simply because it was for me to attempt to win the match. I executed once I wanted to and it was simply sufficient.”
Triumph at Southern Hills Nation Membership ended a five-year watch for a serious victory for Thomas, having lifted the Wanamaker Trophy at Quail Hole Membership in Charlotte in 2017.
A serial winner on the PGA Tour with 15 victories to his title, Thomas is not any stranger to silverware, however even he did not anticipate to attend so lengthy to style extra main glory.
“When it (successful a serious) occurs you suppose it is gonna occur the subsequent time you play — you actually do,” he stated. “When issues are going effectively, particularly on this sport, it is easy. The ball bounces the appropriate manner, the putts slip in, guys do what you want them to do within the leaderboard — stuff simply occurs.
“However when it isn’t going effectively, you haven’t any concept if and when it is gonna occur once more and over 5 years I’ve positively had a whole lot of these moments. I am simply very, very glad to be again right here now.”
With the US and British Open championships on the horizon for June and July, Thomas can be hoping that his Tulsa triumph might spark a memorable summer time. And looking out ahead to these occasions, Thomas believes that merely taking part in every shot because it comes might maintain the important thing to extra silverware.
“Clearly, I do know and suppose that if I play effectively I ought to and will have an opportunity to win,” Thomas stated. “However I can not essentially go in saying I anticipate to win as a result of I simply should take it for what it’s.
“I’ve to be a bit bit extra hole-and-shot oriented versus the entire-week oriented as a result of if I do the issues I am presupposed to do because the week goes on, I could possibly be sitting right here extra typically.”
For now although, the one factor an exhausted Thomas is absolutely trying ahead to is an efficient relaxation.
“It is so much, I do not suppose it is actually set in,” he stated.
“I do know all of the feelings and pleasure has positively hit me when it comes to crashing — I am very drained and worn out, however I am very excited.”