Justin Thomas (golfer)

Last updated on 20 August 2017

Justin Louis Thomas (born April 29, 1993) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour. In 2017, he won his first major championship, the PGA Championship.

Early years and education

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.[1] Thomas graduated from St. Xavier High School in 2011.[2]

Thomas played college golf at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, where he won six times for the Crimson Tide.[3] 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.

Thomas' father, Mike Thomas, has been the head professional at the Harmony Landing Country Club in Goshen, Kentucky, since 1990.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9]

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.[10]

Amateur wins (2)

Professional wins (6)

PGA Tour wins (5)

Legend
Major championships (1)
Other PGA Tour events (4)
No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-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
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

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

Major championships

Wins (1)

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

Tournament 2014 2015 2016 2017
Masters Tournament T39 T22
U.S. Open CUT T32 T9
The Open Championship T53 CUT
PGA Championship T18 T66 1

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place

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 2 1
PGA Championship 1 0 0 1 1 2 3 3
Totals 1 0 0 1 2 4 10 8
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 7 (2015 PGA – 2017 U.S. Open)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (twice, current)

Results in World Golf Championships

Tournament 2015 2016 2017
Mexico Championship DNP T35 T5
Match Play DNP T61 T39
Bridgestone Invitational DNP T33 T28
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. ^ Milne, Doug (August 21, 2009). "Wyndham Championship: Round 2 notebook". PGA Tour.
  2. ^ "Profile". justinthomasgolf.com. Retrieved December 26, 2015.
  3. ^ "2013–14 Alabama Men's Golf Media Guide" (PDF). Alabama Crimson Tide. Retrieved September 18, 2014.
  4. ^ Wacker, Brian (January 15, 2017). "Justin Thomas, Golf Prodigy, Collects Wins and Waits for His Chance to Catch Up". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  5. ^ "Justin Thomas wins Nationwide". ESPN. Associated Press. September 14, 2014.
  6. ^ "Justin Thomas earns maiden tour title at CIMB Classic". PGA Tour. Associated Press. November 1, 2015.
  7. ^ "Justin Thomas closes with 4-under 69, wins Tournament of Champions". ESPN. Associated Press. January 9, 2017.
  8. ^ "Eagle on final hole gives Justin Thomas 59 at Sony Open". ESPN. Associated Press. January 12, 2017.
  9. ^ "Justin Thomas caps off record week with trophy at Sony Open". ESPN. Associated Press. January 16, 2017.
  10. ^ Murray, Ewan (August 14, 2017). "Justin Thomas wins US PGA and confirms years of potential". The Guardian. Retrieved August 14, 2017.

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