Justin Thomas (golfer)
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.
Thomas after winning the 2017 PGA Championship
|Full name||Justin Louis Thomas|
|Born||April 29, 1993|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||160 lb (73 kg; 11 st)|
|College||University of Alabama|
|Current tour(s)||PGA Tour|
|Former tour(s)||Web.com Tour|
|Highest ranking||1 (May 13, 2018)|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Korn Ferry Tour||1|
|Best results in major championships|
|Masters Tournament||T12: 2019|
|PGA Championship||Won: 2017|
|U.S. Open||T8: 2020|
|The Open Championship||T11: 2019|
|Achievements and awards|
Early years and educationEdit
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. Thomas graduated from St. Xavier High School in 2011.
Thomas played college golf at the University of Alabama, where he won six times for the Crimson Tide. 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 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. 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.
2016–17 PGA Tour: five wins, first major, FedEx Cup champion, Player of the YearEdit
Thomas successfully defended his title at the CIMB Classic in October 2016 for his second tour win.
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. 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.
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.
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.
2017–18 PGA TourEdit
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.
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.
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 Alex 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.
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.
2018–19 PGA TourEdit
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.
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.
2019–20 PGA TourEdit
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.
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.
Amateur wins (2)Edit
Professional wins (14)Edit
PGA Tour wins (13)Edit
|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
|1||Nov 1, 2015||CIMB Classic1||68-61-67-66=262||−26||1 stroke||Adam Scott|
|2||Oct 23, 2016||CIMB Classic1 (2)||64-66-71-64=265||−23||3 strokes||Hideki Matsuyama|
|3||Jan 8, 2017||SBS Tournament of Champions||67-67-67-69=270||−22||3 strokes||Hideki Matsuyama|
|4||Jan 15, 2017||Sony Open in Hawaii||59-64-65-65=253||−27||7 strokes||Justin Rose|
|5||Aug 13, 2017||PGA Championship||73-66-69-68=276||−8||2 strokes|| Francesco Molinari, Louis Oosthuizen,|
|6||Sep 4, 2017||Dell Technologies Championship||71-67-63-66=267||−17||3 strokes||Jordan Spieth|
|7||Oct 22, 2017||CJ Cup at Nine Bridges||63-74-70-72=279||−9||Playoff||Marc Leishman|
|8||Feb 25, 2018||The Honda Classic||67-72-65-68=272||−8||Playoff||Luke List|
|9||Aug 5, 2018||WGC-Bridgestone Invitational||65-64-67-69=265||−15||4 strokes||Kyle Stanley|
|10||Aug 18, 2019||BMW Championship||65-69-61-68=263||−25||3 strokes||Patrick Cantlay|
|11||Oct 20, 2019||CJ Cup at Nine Bridges (2)||68-63-70-67=268||−20||2 strokes||Danny Lee|
|12||Jan 5, 2020||Sentry Tournament of Champions (2)||67-73-69-69=278||−14||Playoff||Patrick Reed, Xander Schauffele|
|13||Aug 2, 2020||WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational (2)||66-70-66-65=267||−13||3 strokes|| Daniel Berger, Brooks Koepka,|
Tom Lewis, Phil Mickelson
1Co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour
PGA Tour playoff record (3–2)
|1||2017||CJ Cup at Nine Bridges||Marc Leishman||Won with birdie on second extra hole|
|2||2018||The Honda Classic||Luke List||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
|3||2018||WGC-Mexico Championship||Phil Mickelson||Lost to par on first extra hole|
|4||2020||Sentry Tournament of Champions||Patrick Reed, Xander Schauffele||Won with birdie on third extra hole|
Schauffele eliminated with birdie on first hole
|5||2020||Workday Charity Open||Collin Morikawa||Lost to par on third extra hole|
Web.com Tour wins (1)Edit
|Web.com Tour Finals events (1)|
|Other Web.com Tour (0)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin of
|1||Sep 14, 2014||Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship||67-69-72-70=278||−6||Playoff||Richard Sterne|
Web.com Tour playoff record (1–0)
|1||2014||Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship||Richard Sterne||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
|Year||Championship||54 holes||Winning score||Margin||Runners-up|
|2017||PGA Championship||2 shot deficit||−8 (73-66-69-68=276)||2 strokes|| Francesco Molinari, Louis Oosthuizen,|
Results not in chronological order in 2020.
|The Open Championship||T53||CUT||CUT|
|The Open Championship||T11||NT|
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
NT = No tournament due to COVID-19 pandemic
|The Open Championship||0||0||0||0||0||1||4||2|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 7 (2015 PGA – 2017 U.S. Open)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (four times, current)
Results in The Players ChampionshipEdit
|The Players Championship||T24||T3||T75||T11||T35|
"T" indicates a tie for a place
World Golf ChampionshipsEdit
|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||Kyle Stanley|
|2020||WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational (2)||4 shot deficit||−13 (66-70-66-65=267)||3 strokes|| Daniel Berger, Brooks Koepka,|
Tom Lewis, Phil Mickelson
1Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
NT = no tournament
"T" = tied
PGA Tour career summaryEdit
*As of the 2019 season.
U.S. national team appearancesEdit
- Junior Ryder Cup: 2010 (winners)
- Eisenhower Trophy: 2012 (winners)
- Palmer Cup: 2012, 2013 (winners)
- Walker Cup: 2013 (winners)
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