Justin Thomas (golfer)

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Justin Thomas
Justin Thomas (golfer) after winning the 2017 PGA Championship.png
Thomas after winning the 2017 PGA Championship
Personal information
Full nameJustin Louis Thomas
NicknameJT
Born (1993-04-29) April 29, 1993 (age 27)
Louisville, Kentucky
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight160 lb (73 kg; 11 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceJupiter, Florida[1]
Career
CollegeUniversity of Alabama
Turned professional2013
Current tour(s)PGA Tour
Former tour(s)Web.com Tour
Professional wins14
Highest ranking1 (May 13, 2018)[2]
(5 weeks)
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour13
European Tour3
Asian Tour2
Korn Ferry Tour1
Best results in major championships
(wins: 1)
Masters TournamentT12: 2019
PGA ChampionshipWon: 2017
U.S. OpenT9: 2017
The Open ChampionshipT11: 2019
Achievements and awards
Haskins Award2012
FedEx Cup Champion2017
PGA Tour
leading money winner
2017, 2018
PGA Player of the Year2017
PGA Tour
Player of the Year
2017

Justin Louis Thomas (born April 29, 1993) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour and is former World Number One. In 2017, Thomas experienced a breakout year, winning five PGA Tour events, including the PGA Championship, his maiden major championship, and also winning the FedEx Cup championship. In May 2018, Thomas became the 21st player to top the Official World Golf Ranking.

Early years and education[edit]

Thomas was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. Prior to his junior year in high school, he played in the Wyndham Championship on the PGA Tour in August 2009 and became the third-youngest to make the cut in a PGA Tour event, at 16 years, 3 months and 24 days.[3] Thomas graduated from St. Xavier High School in 2011.[4]

Thomas played college golf at the University of Alabama, where he won six times for the Crimson Tide.[5] As a freshman in 2012, he won the Haskins Award as the most outstanding collegiate golfer. He was on the national championship team of 2013.[6]

Thomas' father, Mike Thomas, has been the head professional at the Harmony Landing Country Club in Goshen, Kentucky, since 1990.[7]

Professional career[edit]

Thomas turned professional in 2013 and earned his tour card on the Web.com Tour through qualifying school. He won his first professional event at the 2014 Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship.[8] Thomas finished fifth in the 2014 Web.com Tour regular season, and third after the Web.com Tour Finals, and earned his PGA Tour card for the 2015 season. In 2015, Thomas collected seven top-10s and 15 top-25s, with fourth-place finishes at the Quicken Loans National and Sanderson Farms Championship as his best results. He finished 32nd at the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup, losing the Rookie of the Year award to Daniel Berger.

On November 1, 2015, Thomas earned his first victory on the PGA Tour by winning the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, by a single stroke over Adam Scott. He overcame a double bogey on the 14th hole during the final round and holed a six-foot (1.8 m) par putt to claim the win by a stroke. Thomas had earlier shot a course-record 61 during the second round to contribute to a 26-under-par winning score.[9]

2016–17 PGA Tour: five wins, first major, FedEx Cup champion, Player of the Year[edit]

Thomas successfully defended his title at the CIMB Classic in October 2016 for his second tour win.

Thomas won the SBS Tournament of Champions in January 2017 for his third PGA Tour win.[10]

In the following week's tournament, the Sony Open in Hawaii, Thomas became the seventh player in PGA Tour history to shoot a 59. During the first round, he opened his round with an eagle and needed to make an eagle on the ninth, his last hole of the day, to shoot 59.[11] He became the youngest player to shoot a sub-60 round. Thomas finished with rounds of 64, 65, and 65 to win the tournament by 7 strokes. He set tournament records for 18, 36, 54, and 72 holes (59, 123, 188, and 253, respectively). He set PGA Tour records at 36 and 72 holes and tied the 54-hole record.[12]

Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Out 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 In Total
Par 4 3 4 4 4 4 4 3 5 35 4 4 4 3 4 4 3 4 5 35 70
Score 2 4 4 3 3 4 3 2 4 29 3 3 4 2 4 4 3 4 3 30 59

During the third round of the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills, Thomas equalled the U.S. Open single-round record of 63. He eagled the last hole by hitting his 3-wood to 8 feet on the par-5 hole to finish at 9-under-par, also a U.S. Open record, passing the previous record held by Johnny Miller at Oakmont Country Club. In the fourth round, he played alongside Brian Harman in the final grouping, the first time he had done that in a major championship. He shot a three-over-par 75 and finished in a tie for ninth place.

In August 2017, Thomas won his first major, the 2017 PGA Championship, winning by two shots.[13]

At the Dell Technologies Championship, Thomas became just the fourth golfer to win five times, including a major, in a PGA Tour season since 1960 before his 25th birthday, joining Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, and Jordan Spieth.[14][15]

After finishing runner-up to Xander Schauffele at the Tour Championship, Thomas became the FedEx Cup champion on September 24, 2017.[16]

2017–18 PGA Tour[edit]

In October 2017, Thomas won the third event of the 2017–18 season, the CJ Cup in South Korea. He defeated Marc Leishman with a birdie on the second extra hole of a sudden-death playoff. The win was Thomas' seventh on the PGA Tour.[17]

In February 2018, Thomas won for the eighth time on tour, claiming victory at the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. He birdied the final hole of regulation play to make a playoff with Luke List. Then on the first extra hole, Thomas made birdie again on the same hole, after a 5-wood from the fairway. List could not hole his birdie putt, after the missing the green to the right, resulting in Thomas winning the tournament. The win lifted Thomas to the top of the FedEx Cup standings and number three in world rankings.[18]

The following week, Thomas lost in a sudden-death playoff to Phil Mickelson, at the WGC-Mexico Championship. He had been even par for the tournament after the first two rounds, but then shot 62-64 over the weekend for a total of 16 under par. To finish his final round, Thomas holed his second shot to the 18th for eagle. Thomas lost the playoff to par, after going over the back of the green in the first extra hole and failing to up and down for par. Thomas moved to number two in the world rankings, a career best ranking.

Thomas had another chance to claim the top spot in the world later on in March at the WGC-Match Play, but he was beaten 3 & 2 by Bubba Watson in the semi-finals. He then went on to lose the consolation match 5 & 3 to Alexander Norén to finish in fourth place. The result extended his lead at the top of the FedEx Cup standings and reduced the gap on the world number one, Dustin Johnson.

After the 2018 Players Championship, Thomas replaced Johnson as the world number one golfer. He lost that ranking after four weeks when Johnson won the FedEx St. Jude Classic.

In September 2018, Thomas qualified for the U.S. team participating in the 2018 Ryder Cup. Europe defeated the U.S. team 17 1/2 to 10 1/2. Notwithstanding the loss, Thomas played well. He went 4–1–0. He won his singles match against Rory McIlroy.[19]

2018–19 PGA Tour[edit]

On February 17, 2019, Thomas led the Genesis Open entering the final round. Gusty conditions led to Thomas shooting 75 and finishing second to champion J. B. Holmes. At one point, Thomas four-putted for a double bogey, the last three putts were inside 8 feet and the final miss was from 2 feet.[20]

On August 18, 2019, Thomas shot 25-under-par and won the BMW Championship at Medinah Country Club outside of Chicago. This was the second leg of the three-tournament 2019 FedEx Cup Playoffs and put Thomas in the lead in the FedEx Cup standings heading into the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club.[21]

2019–20 PGA Tour[edit]

On October 20, 2019, Thomas won the CJ Cup in South Korea. This was his second win of the tournament in its three-year existence.[22]

In December 2019, Thomas played on the U.S. team at the 2019 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia. The U.S. team won 16–14. Thomas went 3–1–1 and lost his Sunday singles match against Cameron Smith.[23]

On January 5, 2020, Thomas won the Sentry Tournament of Champions at Kapalua Resort in Maui, Hawaii for the second time. Thomas won in a playoff over Xander Schauffele and Patrick Reed.[24]

On August 2, 2020, Thomas won the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational at TPC Southwind in Tennessee by three strokes over four other players. This was the second time that Thomas had won the event and his 13th career victory on the PGA Tour. He came from four strokes behind overnight leader Brendon Todd to prevail on the final day. The win took Thomas to Number One in the Official World Golf Ranking for the second time in his career.[25]

Amateur wins (2)[edit]

Professional wins (14)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (13)[edit]

Legend
Major championships (1)
World Golf Championships (2)
FedEx Cup playoff events (2)
Other PGA Tour (8)
No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Nov 1, 2015 CIMB Classic1 68-61-67-66=262 −26 1 stroke Australia Adam Scott
2 Oct 23, 2016 CIMB Classic1 (2) 64-66-71-64=265 −23 3 strokes Japan Hideki Matsuyama
3 Jan 8, 2017 SBS Tournament of Champions 67-67-67-69=270 −22 3 strokes Japan Hideki Matsuyama
4 Jan 15, 2017 Sony Open in Hawaii 59-64-65-65=253 −27 7 strokes England Justin Rose
5 Aug 13, 2017 PGA Championship 73-66-69-68=276 −8 2 strokes Italy Francesco Molinari, South Africa Louis Oosthuizen,
United States Patrick Reed
6 Sep 4, 2017 Dell Technologies Championship 71-67-63-66=267 −17 3 strokes United States Jordan Spieth
7 Oct 22, 2017 CJ Cup 63-74-70-72=279 −9 Playoff Australia Marc Leishman
8 Feb 25, 2018 The Honda Classic 67-72-65-68=272 −8 Playoff United States Luke List
9 Aug 5, 2018 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational 65-64-67-69=265 −15 4 strokes United States Kyle Stanley
10 Aug 18, 2019 BMW Championship 65-69-61-68=263 −25 3 strokes United States Patrick Cantlay
11 Oct 20, 2019 CJ Cup (2) 68-63-70-67=268 −20 2 strokes New Zealand Danny Lee
12 Jan 5, 2020 Sentry Tournament of Champions (2) 67-73-69-69=278 −14 Playoff United States Patrick Reed, United States Xander Schauffele
13 Aug 2, 2020 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational (2) 66-70-66-65=267 −13 3 strokes United States Daniel Berger, United States Brooks Koepka,
England Tom Lewis, United States Phil Mickelson

1Co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour

PGA Tour playoff record (3–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2017 CJ Cup Australia Marc Leishman Won with birdie on second extra hole
2 2018 The Honda Classic United States Luke List Won with birdie on first extra hole
3 2018 WGC-Mexico Championship United States Phil Mickelson Lost to par on first extra hole
4 2020 Sentry Tournament of Champions United States Patrick Reed, United States Xander Schauffele Won with birdie on third extra hole
Schauffele eliminated with birdie on first hole
5 2020 Workday Charity Open United States Collin Morikawa Lost to par on third extra hole

Web.com Tour wins (1)[edit]

Legend
Web.com Tour Finals events (1)
Other Web.com Tour (0)
No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 Sep 14, 2014 Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship 67-69-72-70=278 −6 Playoff South Africa Richard Sterne

Web.com Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2014 Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship South Africa Richard Sterne Won with birdie on first extra hole

Major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runners-up
2017 PGA Championship 2 shot deficit −8 (73-66-69-68=276) 2 strokes Italy Francesco Molinari, South Africa Louis Oosthuizen,
United States Patrick Reed

Results timeline[edit]

Results not in chronological order in 2020.

Tournament 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Masters Tournament T39 T22 T17
U.S. Open CUT T32 T9 T25
The Open Championship T53 CUT CUT
PGA Championship T18 T66 1 T6
Tournament 2019 2020
Masters Tournament T12
PGA Championship T37
U.S. Open CUT
The Open Championship T11 NT
  Win
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
NT = No tournament due to COVID-19 pandemic

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 3 4 4
PGA Championship 1 0 0 1 2 3 5 5
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 1 2 5 3
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 2
Totals 1 0 0 1 3 9 18 14
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 7 (2015 PGA – 2017 U.S. Open)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (three times)

Results in The Players Championship[edit]

Tournament 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
The Players Championship T24 T3 T75 T11 T35
  Top 10

"T" indicates a tie for a place

World Golf Championships[edit]

Wins (2)[edit]

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner(s)-up
2018 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational 3 shot lead −15 (65-64-67-69=265) 4 strokes United States Kyle Stanley
2020 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational (2) 4 shot deficit −13 (66-70-66-65=267) 3 strokes United States Daniel Berger, United States Brooks Koepka,
England Tom Lewis, United States Phil Mickelson

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Championship T35 T5 2 9 T6
Match Play T61 T39 4 T24 NT1
Invitational T33 T28 1 T12 1
Champions T27 T23

1Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

  Win
  Top 10
  Did not play

QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
NT = no tournament
"T" = tied

PGA Tour career summary[edit]

Season Starts Cuts
made
Wins
(majors)
2nd 3rd Top-10 Top-25 Best
finish
Earnings
($)
Money
list rank
Scoring
avg (adj)
Scoring
rank
2009 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 T78 n/a 70.56
2012 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 T46 n/a 69.38
2013 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 T30 n/a 69.57
2013–14 7 3 0 0 0 1 1 T10 170,237 71.39
2014–15 30 23 0 0 0 7 15 T4 2,278,564 37[26] 70.10 16[27]
2015–16 28 22 1 0 4 7 10 1 4,126,366 11[28] 70.57 47[29]
2016–17 25 19 5 (1) 1 0 12 14 1 9,921,560 1[30] 69.36 3[31]
2017–18 23 21 3 1 0 10 20 1 8,694,821 1[32] 69.12 3[33]
2018–19 20 18 1 1 3 7 14 1 5,013,084 8[34] 69.47 5[35]
Career* 137 109 10 (1) 3 7 44 74 1 30,204,631 36[36]

*As of the 2019 season.[4]

U.S. national team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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