It’s Been An Interesting Year For Golf
From Sergio Garcia capturing his first major, Grace’s 62 at the Open, Spieth winning his 3rd major and much more in between, no one has had the roller coaster of a year like Justin Thomas, one of the bright young stars on the PGA Tour.
The third generation PGA Pro started off this season guns blazing.
Even though it was late 2016, it was still this PGA Tour season when Thomas won his first event at CIMB Classic. That was a great win for Thomas early in the year to set him up for success throughout the rest of the season.
But that success came quick.
He won again in January at the SBS Tournament of Champions shooting -22 for the week and looking as dominant as he did at the CIMB Classic.
But who wants to wait to win more?
Eight days later he won the Sony Open in Hawaii going -27 for the week.
It was early January when Justin Thomas was the clear cut favorite for golfer of the year, but then things came back down to reality.
Since then he missed the cut 6 times, only had three top 5 finishes.
Three of the missed cuts were back to back to back weeks at the Travelers Championship, Quicken Loans National and The Open.
So coming into the PGA Championship, a strong showing was a must to solidify a position in the Fed Ex playoffs.
Instead, he won his first career major. Thomas played Quail Hollow well all week.
On a course many said was very tough, some even said too tough, Thomas prevailed.
His strong driving helped him as the long course favored the bombers.
And on Sunday when putts were falling, like his putt that literally sat on the lip for 12 seconds before falling in.
It was going to be hard to beat Thomas. From hot, to stone cold, to major winner.
Thomas is someone to keep your eyes on as the Fed Ex playoffs get underway here in the coming weeks.
Maybe he can make some noise at the Dell Championship in our backyard in a few weeks.