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Born: 29 April 1993
Birthplace: Louiseville, Kentucky, USA
College: University of Alabama
Resides: Jupiter, Florida, USA
Major Wins: 2
Euro or PGA Tour Wins: 14
Other Wins: 0
Grass Preference: Unknown
Significant Life Events: No
GBC Wind Performance Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
GBC Pressure Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Justin Thomas ('JT') is a multiple PGA Tour winner and former world number one after his astonishing 2017 season in which he won five PGA Tour titles – including a PGA Championship and the season long FedEx Cup. In 2021 he added The Players Championship to his impressive resume and clinched his second PGA Championship in 2022.
JT turned professional in 2013 and earned his tour card on the Web.com Tour through qualifying school. He quickly showed a sign of things to come, winning his first professional event at the 2014 Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship. Thomas finished fifth in the 2014 Web.com Tour regular season and earned his PGA Tour card for the 2015 season.
He has won at least once every year on the PGA Tour since 2015. In January 2020, he became the third player since 1960 to win 12 times before turning 27, joining Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. Justin has remained in the Top 10 of the world since his maiden major win and can be considered a major threat at future ones. He is a prolific winner and as such needs to be treated with respect.
Justin paired up with Phil Mickelson's old caddie, Jim "Bones" Mackay, at the end of 2021. Justin is also got engaged at the end of 2021 to long time partner Jillian Wisniewski. Justin turns 29 in April 2022, look out for a strong year as he approaches his 30th birthday, especialy with the aforementioned changes.
Pressure Performance Analysis
Justin hasn't been his best in contention up until the PGA but he showed how clinical he is that week to claim his 2nd major. His Golf Betting Club Pressure Performance Rating is therefore set at ⭐⭐⭐⭐.
✅ Began the Canadian Open 2 shots behind the leaders and shot 64 to lose by 4 shots to Rory McIlroy. A solid performance despite not getting the job done.
✅ Began the final round of the PGA Championship 7 shots behind Mito Pereira and shot 67 to reach a playoff with Will Zalatoris. Was flawless in the playoff playing three holes in -2 to win.
➖ Began the final round of the AT&T Byron Nelson 2 shots behind Munoz. Shot 67 to finish 3 shots behind K H Lee who shot 63.
➖ Started the final round 3 shots behind at the Valspar Championship and shot 70 to miss out on the playoff by one. Didn't really grasp the opportunity.
❌ Began 2 shots back from the leaders at the Farmers Insurance Open and shot 74 to finish 5 shots back of List.
➖ Three shots back going into the final round of the Worldwide Technologies Mayakoba Classic, Justin shot a final round 69 to remain in 3rd place.
➖ Trailing by four shots at The Northern Trust, JT shot a final round 70 to remain in 4th place.
✅ Began the final round of the 2021 Players Championship 3 shots behind Lee Westwood. Won by a shot after firing a 68.
✅ Began the final round of the 2021 Tournament of Champions 4 shots behind leaders English and Palmer. Shot 66 to finish 1 shot behind English and Niemann who shot 69 and 64. A decent effort.
❌ JT was four behind Emiliano Grillo with 18 holes to go at the Mayakoba Golf Classic. He could only manage a 69 to slip from 5th to 12th.
❌ Led the Zozo Championship by a shot going into the final round but drove the ball poorly over the back nine to play his way out of contention. A birdie at the last made it look closer than it was.
✅ Began the final round of the WGC - FedEx St. Jude Invitational 4 shots behind Brendon Todd. Shot 65 to win by 3 shots. It was closer than it looked though, with Brooks Koepka double bogeying the last hole when 1 behind.
➖ Began the final round of the Workday Charity Open 2 shots ahead of Viktor Hovland after rounds of 68-66-66. Shot 69 with an up and down round. Started with two bogeys in first 3 holes, then played the stretch of holes from 8-15 in 7 under par to take a 3 shot lead. Bogeyed 16 and 18 to settle for a playoff with Morikawa who shot 66. Lost to Morikawa in playoff despite holing a 50ft birdie putt to keep playoff alive.
❌ Began the final round of the Charles Schwab Challenge 1 shot behind Xander Schauffele however shot a one over par 71 to finish 10th, 4 shots behind winner Daniel Berger.
❌ Finished T6 at the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship. Held the 54-hole lead before shooting a final-round 73 to finish 5 shots behind Patrick Reed who shot 67. Fell to 4-for-7 for his career with the outright 54-hole lead and 0-for-2 at the event.
✅ Defeated Patrick Reed and Xander Schauffele in a playoff to win the Sentry Tournament of Champions for the second time, earning his 12th PGA TOUR title at age of 26. Began the round 1 behind Schauffele and shot 69, with Xander shooting 70 (Reed 66).
✅ Won for the 11th time on the PGA TOUR, winning THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES by 2 shots over Danny Lee. Converted the 54-hole lead/co-lead to victory for the eighth time in his 11th attempt. Shot 67 whereas Lee shot 69 to finish 2nd.
✅ Recorded first win in 2018-19 at the BMW Championship, the penultimate event of the season. Entered the final round with a 6 shot lead, which at one point, shrunk to 2 shots. Won by 3 shots over Patrick Cantlay. Marked the seventh of ten 54-hole leads/co-leads on TOUR he converted to victory.
❌ Entering the final round with a 4 shot lead, recorded a 4-over 75 to finish runner-up at the Genesis Open, one stroke behind J.B. Holmes who shot 70.
✅ Angling to become just the second player to successfully defend a PGA Championship crown, posted back-to-back 67s on the weekend at the PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club. At 10-under 270, finished T6. Was tied for the lead at one point on Sunday, before two bogeys on his last five holes resulted in the T6 showing.
✅ Converted a three-stroke lead after 54 holes lead into a four-stroke win at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.
Justin is one of the streakiest players on tour and his top finishes appear to arrive in bursts. In early 2020 he registered a 1st, 3rd and 6th in 5 starts. In 2019 he had a run of 1-9-4-1 and a run of 3-16-3-2-9. In 2018 he had runs of 1-6-8 and 9-1-2-4. Justin’s wins tend to come in short bursts as well. 2017 saw him win back-to-back at the beginning of the season then won 3 times in 7 starts at the end of the season. He then had a seven-start stretch from the end of 2019 where he won 3 events. When JT is hot, ride the momentum as a win is most likely just around the corner.
Events to back Thomas
Sentry Tournament of Champions
Justin's record at the season opener is quite incredible. From his win in 2017 onwards, he's only finished worse than 3rd on one occassion.
3-2. JT can be backed for small stakes in future playoffs.
Most recently lost to Collin Morikawa at the Workday Live Open. Holed a 50ft birdie putt on the 1st playoff hole to keep the playoff alive but then got unlucky on 3rd playoff hole with his ball landing directly behind a tree, causing him to bogey. Defeated Patrick Reed and Xander Schauffele in a playoff to win the Sentry Tournament of Champions with a birdie on the 3rd extra hole. Other three playoffs came in 2018 season.
Lost to Phil Mickelson with a bogey on the first playoff hole at the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship. Won playoff at The Honda Classic defeating 54-hole leader Luke List with a birdie-4 on the first extra hole. In the first playoff of his career at THE CJ CUP@NINE BRIDGES, defeated Marc Leishman on the second extra hole after halving the first.
Workday Live Open, 2020
Q. J.T., an exciting day for all of us who were watching. I know you're disappointed. Can you talk about how it ended here?
JUSTIN THOMAS: Yeah, I mean, I'm pretty pissed off. That's about the only way to explain it. I had a three-shot lead with three to go and just completely handed it over. Collin played great. He birdied a very tough hole on 17. Both made great birdies on the first playoff hole. But I had two chances, many chances to win this thing, but two chances in regulation and the second playoff hole and didn't get it done.
Q. How long a time do you need to get over something like this?
JUSTIN THOMAS: I have no idea. I hope about three or four days because I've got to start another tournament on Thursday. I mean, I'm playing great. I have a great chance to win another golf tournament next week at a course that I obviously enjoy and I'm playing well. I just can't beat myself up, although it's going to be pretty hard not to, at least the rest of this afternoon. But there's a whole lot of nothing I can do about it right now. I just need to execute better when I get in that situation in the future.