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Needing a 3 to attempt to save his Tour season, Justin Thomas acquired chaos


Justin Thomas on Sunday after his second shot on the 18th gap at Sedgefield Nation Membership.

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His season at critical danger, his Ryder Cup hopes up within the air, and an undesired prolonged break probably coming, Justin Thomas didn’t sound too anxious. No, he stated, he wouldn’t stick round Sedgefield Nation Membership to observe all of that unfold. 

Though perhaps another dude — Tustin Jhomas maybe? — may. 

“I imply, there’s no — I can’t do something, except I gown up and attempt to begin messing some folks up,” Thomas stated, tongue firmly in cheek. “But when it did occur I really feel prefer it wouldn’t be good juju for the remainder of my yr or my profession. …

“Like I stated, I can’t do something at this level. I’ve simply acquired to hope for the most effective.”

The lightness was a bit sudden. 

As was how we acquired right here within the first place. We’ll begin with the factors from the primary paragraph.

His season at critical danger. True, as stunning as that sounds, contemplating Thomas’ expertise and resume (15 PGA Tour wins, together with two main championships). However Thomas entered this week’s Wyndham Championship, the Tour’s final regular-season occasion, at No. 79 within the participant standings — and solely the highest 70 transfer on to subsequent week’s first leg of the playoffs. 

His Ryder Cup hopes up within the air. Additionally true, as stunning as that sounds, contemplating his file in two appearances (6-2-1), and general zest for the occasion. However the common rank within the factors standings isn’t unintended — he’s been common, for an prolonged time frame. To play within the Ryder Cup requires kind. 

An undesired prolonged break probably coming. Miss the playoffs and the Ryder Cup? That offers you one (1) event between now and the primary full week of October. That’s lots of vary balls. 

However right here’s the place issues acquired actually chaotic. 


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Thomas had an opportunity to make these playoffs. To present U.S. Ryder Cup captain Zach Johnson one thing to snack on. To play on. 

On his remaining gap on Sunday. 

The earlier 17 had seen standings jostling. Thomas, after strong rounds over the primary three days on the Wyndham, began at No. 72. After 4 holes, he was 73rd. After a 38-foot birdie on 6, he was 71st. A gap later, he was again all the way down to 73, regardless of a par. Then he was 74. On the par-5 fifteenth, he was 71. He eagled. He fist-pumped. He raised his proper index finger. He fist-pumped once more. 

Thomas was seventieth.   

He stayed there, too, regardless of a bogey on the par-3 sixteenth, the place a gust of wind caught his tee shot in mid-flight and slapped it down, to the entrance of the inexperienced, the place it rolled again to the green. He remained at 70 after a par at 17. 

Then he was 71st. 

On his remaining gap on Sunday. 

Off the tee on 18, he went left, into the timber and onto the pine straw, when his minimize shot didn’t minimize. However from there, he hit one of many neatest pictures you’ll ever see — a low, hooking 8-iron that just about reached the inexperienced, and practically corkscrewed his physique into the turf due to the follow-through. 

And his subsequent shot was simply as memorable. 

Sadly for him. 

Thomas chipped. It bounced. It bounced. It bounced. It bounced off the middle of the flagstick. It bounced 6 inches to the left. He fell to the bottom. He lined his face. His caddie, Jim “Bones” Mackay, helped him again up. He tapped in for par. He walked to the again of the inexperienced. A leaderboard flashed:

He was 71st. 

Thomas mouthed: “Oh my god.”

He thought he was seventieth. 

He was carried out. 

And never carried out. 

There was some hope for all the things else. Possibly one of many 70 who had been taking part in behind him would lose factors. A rain delay halted play. He signed autographs for some children. He talked to CBS’ Amanda Renner and different reporters. Thomas thought in regards to the disguise right here.  

“Yeah, it will have been much more unimaginable if it will have gone in,” he stated of his close to pitch-in on 18. “Yeah, it’s simply a lot can occur. I’ve different guys which might be nonetheless on the market each tied with me and forward of me. … 


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“I simply, I did my half. I performed the most effective I may and I fought as laborious as I may and shot the bottom I probably may. I simply have to only hope that in some way it’s ok.” 

Three hours handed. The event ended. Lucas Glover gained. 

And Thomas was 71st. 

Now come the questions. 

His season is over. 

His Ryder Cup hopes are up within the air.

An undesired prolonged break is coming.

Now what?

Thomas answered. 

At 8:11 p.m. ET, he tweeted this:

“Can use adversity as a possibility to draw back from a problem, or take it head on. Was a troublesome season for me, however I truly had enjoyable battling it out and taking part in golf this week. It’s why we play. Past gutted to overlook the playoffs, however I’m pleased with how laborious I fought #onward”

Justin Thomas’ remaining spherical on the Wyndham Championship, along with his place within the FedEx Cup standings in parentheses

1st, 418-yard par-4: Thomas misses a 19-foot birdie putt simply to the left, and he makes par. (72nd within the FedEx Cup standings) 

2nd, 428-yard par-4: Thomas comes up wanting the inexperienced on his second shot, and he makes par. (72nd within the FedEx Cup standings) 

third, 164-yard par-3: Thomas hits simply over the inexperienced, and he makes par (72nd within the FedEx Cup standings) 

4th, 418-yard par-4: Thomas comes up wanting the inexperienced on his second shot, and he makes par. (73rd within the FedEx Cup standings) 

fifth, 533-yard, par-5: Thomas is house in two, however he three-putts from 81 toes, and he makes par. (73rd within the FedEx Cup standings) 

sixth, 420-yard, par-4: Thomas makes a 38-foot putt, and he makes birdie. (71st within the FedEx Cup standings) 

seventh, 209-yard, par-3: Thomas two-putts from 52 toes, and he makes par. (73rd within the FedEx Cup standings)

eighth, 358-yard, par-4: Thomas comes up wanting the inexperienced on his second shot, and he makes par. (74th within the FedEx Cup standings) 

ninth, 407-yard par-4: Thomas comes up simply wanting the inexperienced on his second shot, and he makes par. (72nd within the FedEx Cup standings) 

tenth, 435-yard par-4: Thomas two-putts from 28 toes, and he makes par. (71st within the FedEx Cup standings)

eleventh, 468-yard par-4: Thomas hits his second proper of the inexperienced, and he makes par. (72nd within the FedEx Cup standings)

twelfth, 214-yard par-3: Thomas comes up 37 yards wanting the opening after his tee shot, and he makes par. (71st within the FedEx Cup standings)

thirteenth, 400-yard par-4: Thomas misses his birdie putt to the suitable, and he makes par. (71st within the FedEx Cup standings)

14th, 511-yard par-4: Thomas misses his birdie putt simply to the suitable, and he makes par. (71st within the FedEx Cup standings)

fifteenth, 546-yard par-5: Thomas is house in two, he makes a 15-foot putt, and he eagles the opening. (seventieth within the FedEx Cup standings) 

sixteenth, 167-yard par-3: After a late wind gust, Thomas comes up wanting the inexperienced on his tee shot, he pitches to 31 toes, and he makes bogey. (seventieth within the FedEx Cup standings) 

seventeenth, 393-yard par-4: Thomas comes up simply wanting the inexperienced on his second shot, and he makes par. (seventieth within the FedEx Cup standings) 

18th, 507-yard par-4: Thomas hits his tee shot left, he comes up wanting the inexperienced on his second, he practically chips in on his third shot, and he makes par. (71st within the FedEx Cup standings) 

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Nick Piastowski is a Senior Editor at Golf.com and Golf Journal. In his function, he’s liable for enhancing, writing and growing tales throughout the golf house. And when he’s not writing about methods to hit the golf ball farther and straighter, the Milwaukee native might be taking part in the sport, hitting the ball left, proper and quick, and ingesting a chilly beer to clean away his rating. You possibly can attain out to him about any of those matters — his tales, his sport or his beers — at nick.piastowski@golf.com.



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