But finally, finally - it seems we're getting the drama golf fans expected when one of the PGA Tour's top regular tracks received the bid to host 2017's final major in the first place. Points won the Puerto Rico Open to get a two-year exemption, and he has done well enough the rest of the season to make it back to the PGA Championship for the first time since 2013 at Oak Hill.
But he came through by executing under pressure as some of his rivals withered, joining his good friend Jordan Spieth, with whom he shared a house at the British Open last month, in the major champions club of 2017.
Thomas, whose father Mike and grandfather Paul were both PGA professionals, said his triumph would take time to sink in.
"I know you can't get to two unless you get one. The gravity took over and the roar was pretty loud, so that was pretty cool".
This time round, Thomas entered the final round two shots behind leader Kevin Kisner.
"If he wins, it will be the first time for a Japanese champion in a major", Tommy, on a vacation to the United States from Kobe, told Reuters at the 13th hole.
After going from fairway bunker to greenside bunker to greenside bunker on the first hole, Thomas rolled in a substantial putt for bogey. His driver gave him the distance needed to excel at Quail Hollow, but his tee shot on 10 hooked way left into the trees.
But he then put together three birdies in four holes from the seventh, capped by a dramatic putt on the 10th which stopped agonisingly on the edge of the hole before one last roll dropped it into the cup. Like I said, I want to win every tournament I play in.
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But a year ago Querrey claimed the scalp of defending champion Novak Djokovic and Murray will be aware that this is a big step up. I met Manny Pacquiao, but it was just to say "hi" and take a picture with him when I was in the Philippines.
Oosthuizen, the only major victor among the contenders after his 2010 British Open triumph, holed a 34-yard chip shot eagle at the par-5 15th but followed with a bogey to blunt the impact of his closing birdie.
He finished two shots ahead of Italy's Francesco Molinari, US player Patrick Reed and South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen who all finished 6 under par. All finished at 278.
In the final round, Watson shot 2-over 73, while Mahaffey shot 66 and Pate shot 68 to get into a three-way playoff at 8-under 276.
Stroud shot 42 on the back nine and turned in 76-283.
Still, Matsuyama, who was at six under with Stroud, and Thomas - a further shot back - were favoured to win the Wanamaker Trophy in Charlotte, where hot and humid conditions again greeted players.
Thomas began his move with a 35-foot birdie putt on No. 9, and then caught two breaks on the par-5 10th. 11-13) proved costly.
Instead, he closed well, going bogey-free over the back nine until the final hole and picking up three birdies along the way. A Hideki win would be a Big Freaking Deal, so to speak - and that's putting it lightly. "It's not injured. I just need to keep working on stretching it".
He knew early on his son had the potential to be a special player, but never envisioned or anxious about what his future might hold.