The World Golf Championship in Mexico concluded on Sunday with Phil Mickelson hoisting his first trophy since the 2013 Open Championship.
However, the biggest story in my mind is Justin Thomas. JT had won the previous week at the Honda Classic and was looking to win for the 8th time in 32 events. Prior to his second round on Friday, Thomas called his dad and told him he was “going out to practice”. His dad had never heard these words come from Justin before any round. Usually, he would say “warm up”.
After finishing the second round 1-under par, putting him at even par for the tournament, Justin was just happy to have made the cut.
Beginning his round on the back nine, Thomas played the back 4-under par with 5 birdies and 1 bogey. Justin Thomas had found his game once again. The momentum carried with him to his tee shot on #1. His tee shot of 319 yards landed on the green and rolled to 27 feet from the hole. Thomas did what he does best and capitalized by rolling the putt in for eagle. Justin Thomas finished the front 5-under par and 9-under par for the day.
The Final Round for Thomas was nothing short of spectacular. On the 72nd hole, Justin Thomas holed out for eagle from 119 yards out. This would lead to a tie between Thomas and Mickelson with Mickelson winning on the 1st Playoff Hole.
But, this story does not end there.
At just 24 years of age, Justin Thomas is the #1 golfer in the world and for plenty of reasons. In 102 events, Thomas has made the cut 78 times (76%) and has finished 31 times in the Top 10. Along with those Top 10’s, Justin has brought home a total of 8 wins on the PGA Tour.
The world-wide spotlight hit Justin in 2017. In 25 starts, he made the cut 19 times. Out of those 19 chances, he finished 12 times in the Top 10 as well as bringing home the hardware 5 times, including his 1st Major Championship (PGA Championship). With a 69.36 scoring average, 3rd on the Tour, it is no surprise of what was awarded to Thomas at the end of the year. Thomas was named the Fed Ex Cup Champion, PGA Tour Money Leader, PGA Player of the Year, PGA Tour Player of the Year and was named to the President’s Cup team.
With the 2018 season already under way, Justin Thomas has played in 8 events making the cut each time. He has 4 top 10 finishes along with 2 tournament wins. It’s safe to say Justin Thomas is back for another killer year and it will take a lot for someone to overthrow his #1 ranking.