The moment proved too big for Mito Pereira and turned ugly on the last hole.
The 27-year-old Chilean took a one-shot lead in 18th place at the PGA Championship in Southern Hills but didn’t let down his winner on Sunday. Pereira, looking to win his first major, shoots a double bogey that not only costs him the lead but the championship overall. His 5-over par in the final round eliminated him in one shot from the playoff between Justin Thomas and Will Zatoris. Thomas was seven strokes from the lead early in the day and eventually captured his second major by the end of Sunday.
“It’s hard to end up like that,” Pereira said during his post-tournament interview on CBS. “I didn’t play really well today, I just need a few more birdies and hit it a little bit better to win. I’m just happy with how the week went. On Monday I just wanted to make the cut. I wanted to win on Sunday.”
Pereira hit his tee shot on 18, took a drop and hit his third shot into the rough and well in front of the green. He had to fill in for bogey to make the playoffs, but he couldn’t make it.
“I wasn’t thinking about the water,” he said. “I hit it in the water. It’s weird that it went in. But I guess you have so much pressure in your body that you don’t know what you’re doing.”
https://nypost.com/2022/05/22/mito-pereiras-meltdown-on-no-18-costs-him-pga-championship/ Mito Pereira’s collapse in 18th place costs him the PGA Championship