As Justin Thomas takes dwelling a second Wanamaker Trophy, he continues to boast an illustrious profession resume at simply 29 years outdated.
Let’s make a journey down Thomas’ path to changing into a two-time main champion and one of many sport’s most recognizable stars.
Lengthy earlier than “JT” was a family nickname, he led his highschool, Saint Xavier, to Kentucky state championships in 2008 and ’09, whereas additionally accumulating Kentucky Junior Participant of the 12 months honors in ’08 and ’10.
However when a lot of the golf world first laid eyes on Thomas was the 2009 Wyndham Championship. Thomas, the son of a PGA skilled, obtained an invite to his first PGA Tour occasion at age 16 and rode a gap 65 to make the lower — changing into the third-youngest participant to ever make a Tour lower.
Two years later, he graduated highschool and have become a star for the Alabama Crimson Tide. He gained the Haskins Award — the nation’s most excellent collegiate golfer — as a freshman in 2012 after which led Alabama to a nationwide championship title in ’13.
After that, nonetheless, he would take his skills to the skilled stage.
In 2013, he earned his Net.com (Korn Ferry) Tour card via Q-College after which claimed his first skilled victory on the 2014 Nationwide Youngsters’s Hospital Championship.
However Thomas’ keep on the developmental tour would not final lengthy, as he earned his Tour card for 2015 on the Net.com common season finals.
Thomas had a powerful rookie marketing campaign, with seven top-10 finishes en path to notching a FedExCup playoff berth. He, nonetheless, narrowly missed a visit to East Lake, ending thirty second within the playoff standings. Thomas additionally fell simply in need of Daniel Berger for Rookie of the 12 months.
However shortly after, within the new season, he received his maiden Tour win on Nov. 1, 2015, on the CIMB Basic in Malaysia, edging Adam Scott by a stroke.
After which, he crossed the border into stardom — all earlier than the primary quarter-century of his life.
The subsequent season, he rode 5 victories, together with his first main, the 2017 PGA at Quail Hole, to profitable the FedExCup, claiming Participant of the 12 months and being No. 1 on the Tour’s cash record. He additionally joined Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth as the one gamers since 1960 to win 5 occasions in a season, with a serious, earlier than age 25.
Full-field scores from the PGA Championship
To not point out, on the Sony Open, he shot the Tour’s seventh-ever 59 and was the youngest ever to take action.
Since then, he is raked in one other 9 victories, has completed top-10 within the FedExCup standings for 5 straight years, was world No. 1 in 2018, and notched spots on the U.S. Presidents Cup crew (2017, ’19) and Ryder Cup crew (’18, ’20), whereas accumulating $49.9 million in profession earnings.
However he had been trying to find one other main for the previous half-decade, until you depend his 2021 Gamers Championship win.
In September ’21, Thomas employed Jim “Bones” Mackay, Phil Mickelson’s outdated caddie, to hold his bag, and to begin the ’22 season, the brand new duo had seven top-10s in 12 begins.
Nevertheless, having not gained for the reason that ’21 Gamers, Thomas received the monkey off his again Sunday at Southern Hills and continues to solidify his Corridor of Fame resume earlier than he is even 30 years outdated.