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Born: 29 April 1993
Birthplace: Louiseville, Kentucky, USA
College: University of Alabama
Resides: Jupiter, Florida, USA
Major Wins: 1
Euro or PGA Tour Wins: 12
Other Wins: 0
Grass Preference: Unknown
Significant Life Events: No
GBC Wind Performance Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
GBC Pressure Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Justin Thomas ('JT') is a thirteen-time PGA Tour champion 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. He followed this with his first WGC victory at the 2018 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and won his 2nd WGC in 2020 at the WGC - FedEx St. Jude Invitational . Other prestigious titles he holds are the BMW Championship, Tournament of Champions, Sony Open and The Honda Classic.
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.
SG: OFF THE TEE
SG: AROUND THE GREEN
Pressure Performance Analysis
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 hole to go. He could only manage a 69 to slip 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 4shot 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.
Thirteen wins before he’s turned 28 says enough you need to know about JT’s character however, he doesn’t get a five-star pressure rating due to losing 3rd round leads at the 2020 Zozo Championship, 2020 Workday Live Open, WGC- Mexico Championship and 2019 Genesis Open. JT let a few event get away from him in 2020 and his Golf Betting Club Pressure Performance Rating is therefore set at 4 stars.
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.
Major and WGC Analysis
Considering Justin’s 12 wins on the PGA Tour before the age of 27, it is surprising to see that he has only managed five Top 10’s in majors up until the end of 2020. One of these Top 10’s was a win however at the PGA Championship in 2017. Finished 8th at the US Open in 2020.
He has improved every year at Augusta – 39-22-17-12-4 and looks like he is finally getting to grips with the course and would expend him to strongly contend in coming years. He can be backed for any of the Stateside majors, particularly if he is in hot form coming prior to the event although we would want to see slightly more links form before backing him for an Open Championship.
JT has two WGC wins to his name at the WGC- Bridgestone Invitational in 2017 and WGC - FedEx St. Jude Invitational in 2020. He was also 4th at the WGC-Matchplay Championship in 2017. However, it its is the WGC- Mexico Championship which he boasts his best record with form figures of 5-2-9-6 since 2017. He simply has to be backed for this event in future years.
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.
JT can be backed for small stakes in future playoffs.
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.