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Justin Thomas: the season so far

by Dave Tindall
Updated On: March 19, 2020, 4:25 am ET

Age: 26

World ranking (current/end of year)

Current: 4th

2019: 4th
2018: 4th
2017: 3rd
2016: 22nd

Current 2020 Stats

FedEx Cup Rank: 2nd

Events: 8

Wins: 2
Top 10: 5
Top 25: 6
Made Cut: 6
Money: $4,214,477

Strokes Gained

Off-The-Tee: 17th (2019: 17th, 2018: 28th, 2017: 29th)
Approach: 8th (2019: 2nd, 2018: 4th, 2017: 6th)
Around The Green: 52nd (2019: 8th, 2018: 20th, 2017: 24th)
Putting: 76th (2019: 144th, 2018: 47th, 2017: 43rd)
Tee-To-Green: 5th (2019: 2nd,2018: 3rd, 2017: 5th)
Total: 5th (2019: 4th, 2018: 3rd, 2017: 4th)

Analysis

There’s remarkable consistency in JT’s long game and his numbers this year are stacking up well against the five-win and three-win seasons of 2017 and 2018. He topped the Money List in both those years before dropping to 8th in 2019. The reason? His putting. Thomas was only 144th in SG: Putting last season but is nearer previous levels this time. When the flatstick comes along for the ride, the big money follows. Two wins in just eight starts, it’s been an impressive start.

Grade so far: A-

 

Justin Thomas 2020 quotes

Sentry TOC (after winning and being told 12 victories is the most of anyone currently in their 20s on TOUR.  “Yeah, I mean, personally it's not an accomplishment getting to 12. It's an accomplishment winning today, but I'll have fun with my family and celebrate it tonight, and next week we try to get 13.”

THE PLAYERS (pre-tourney): “Sony (MC) was weird. The conditions were so brutal. I don't know if it just took a lot out of me winning in Kapalua (the previous week’s Sentry TOC) or what it was, but I played poorly. I just couldn't get the ball in the hole at Sony. I had a hard time putting in that wind, and the golf course was so different than any year I've ever played it. In LA (MC Riviera) I just drove it bad, and when you drive it bad out there, you're pretty much behind the 8-ball, and I could never get the ball close enough to the hole to make any birdies. I actually played all right on Friday. I played good enough to post a score well enough to make the cut, but I just played so poorly on Thursday that I didn't really have much. Just kind of been a little bit of up and down.”

THE PLAYERS (after cancellation): “On the range yesterday, I just went and hit a couple balls after I finished, and I said to Jimmy and my dad, I'm like, Man, I'm really, really starting to play well right now. I'm excited for these next three weeks. And I texted them both last night and said, Well, so much for that good feeling that I had.”

 

THE MAJORS

The Masters: 12-17-22-39

It’s still a puzzle to solve but JT has improved his finish each year at Augusta National, improving to T12 in 2019, and reiterated at TPC Sawgrass that The Masters is “my favorite tournament of the year.”

PGA Championship: DNP-6-1-66-18

A wrist injury kept him out of last season’s edition so he’ll be anxious to peg it up again in the major he has already won. This time it’s at Harding Park in San Francisco although Thomas wasn’t high enough in the rankings to play the 2015 WGC-Match Play held there. A plus is that JT has six top tens in his last 12 starts in California

U.S. Open: MC-25-9-32-DNP-MC

Winged Foot stages this year’s event and while he hasn’t played it competitively, JT has some decent form in the region. In the seven events he’s played in New York/New Jersey, Thomas has six top 25s, three of those doubling as top tens.

Open Championship: 11-MC-MC-53

After struggling in this first three Open appearances, he began to crack the code last year with T11. “In the past I think it's just been poor execution in some spots, but also the weather and the draws that I've been in haven't exactly been ideal,” he said at Portrush last summer. “But I understand over a long career that stuff is going to happen and hopefully it will even out or get in my favor sometime.”

Dave Tindall
Dave Tindall is former golf editor at Sky Sports.com in the UK and has been writing betting previews for the European Tour since 1997. He can be reached via e-mail on tindall_david@hotmail.com and on Twitter @davetindallgolf.