Justin Thomas (golfer)

Last updated on 19 June 2017

Justin Thomas (born April 29, 1993) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour.

Early years and education

Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Thomas graduated from St. Xavier High School in 2011.[1] 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.[2] Thomas played college golf at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, where he won six times for the Crimson Tide,[3] and was on the national championship team of 2013. As a freshman in 2012, he won the Haskins Award as the most outstanding collegiate golfer.

Professional career

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.[4] 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.[5] Although his best finish in a major is a tie for 18th at the PGA Championship in 2015, he tied for third at the The Players Championship in 2016, often referred to as the "fifth major." 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.[6] 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.[7] Thomas 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 also set PGA Tour records at 36 and 72 holes and tied the 54-hole record.[8]

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 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.

Amateur wins (2)

Professional wins (5)

PGA Tour wins (4)

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 Nov 1, 2015 CIMB Classic 68-61-67-66=262 −26 1 stroke Australia Adam Scott
2 Oct 23, 2016 CIMB Classic (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

Web.com Tour wins (1)

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

Results in major championships

Tournament 2014 2015 2016 2017
Masters Tournament DNP DNP T39 T22
U.S. Open CUT DNP T32 T9
The Open Championship DNP DNP T53
PGA Championship DNP T18 T66

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Yellow background for top-10

Summary

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 2
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 2
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 2
Totals 0 0 0 0 1 3 8 7
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 7 (2015 PGA – 2017 U.S. Open, current)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (current)

Results in World Golf Championships

Tournament 2015 2016 2017
Mexico Championship DNP T35 T5
Match Play DNP T61 T39
Bridgestone Invitational DNP T33
HSBC Champions T27 T23

DNP = Did not play
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10

U.S. national team appearances

Amateur

See also

References

  1. ^ Profile, justinthomasgolf.com; accessed December 26, 2015.
  2. ^ Milne, Doug (August 21, 2009). "Wyndham Championship: Round 2 notebook". PGA Tour.
  3. ^ "2013–14 Alabama Men's Golf Media Guide" (PDF). Alabama Crimson Tide. Retrieved September 18, 2014.
  4. ^ "Justin Thomas wins Nationwide". ESPN. Associated Press. September 14, 2014.
  5. ^ "Justin Thomas earns maiden tour title at CIMB Classic". PGA Tour. Associated Press. November 1, 2015.
  6. ^ "Justin Thomas closes with 4-under 69, wins Tournament of Champions". ESPN. Associated Press. January 9, 2017.
  7. ^ "Eagle on final hole gives Justin Thomas 59 at Sony Open". ESPN. Associated Press. January 12, 2017.
  8. ^ "Justin Thomas caps off record week with trophy at Sony Open". ESPN. Associated Press. January 16, 2017.

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