Justin Thomas has hit all-time low.
Getting into this week, Thomas ranked seventy fifth within the FedEx Cup standings, in a very completely different sphere than the place the two-time main champion is accustomed to.
Solely the highest 70 gamers will qualify for the FedEx St. Jude Championship, the primary FedEx Cup Playoff occasion that begins Aug. 10 in Memphis.
“Tee to inexperienced, I performed nice,” Thomas mentioned after his opening spherical 2-under 69 on Thursday. “I drove the ball fantastically. Actually, the toughest half is that the ball is simply going thus far. It’s so scorching, we’re at a bit little bit of altitude, and it was windy. It was powerful to hit near the opening in the present day.”
Thomas had a reasonably pedestrian opening spherical, which included three birdies and a bogey. Gusty winds made issues troublesome for the afternoon wave in Minnesota.
Nonetheless, he hit the ball higher than he scored, which normally indicators a strong spherical is across the nook.
As a substitute, for Friday’s second spherical, Thomas carded an even-par 71 throughout the morning wave. He completed the match at 2-under, one shot beneath the reduce line.
His double-bogeys on the par-5 18th and the par-3 4th holes finally sealed his destiny.
On the 18th, the third best gap on the course, Thomas hit two balls into the water.
The greenside creek on the 4th gap additionally did Thomas in, as his tee shot landed within the penalty space on the 185-yard par-3.
He bounced again with birdies on the seventh and the ninth, his sixteenth and 18th holes of the day, nevertheless it was not sufficient.
Now, Thomas heads house early and provides zero FedEx Cup factors to his identify. He will need to have a strong efficiency at subsequent week’s Wyndham Championship to make the Playoffs the next week.
However that’s simpler mentioned than finished. Thomas has struggled all season, typically not trying like a two-time main champion.
Final week, at The Open Championship, Thomas opened with an embarrassing 11-over 82, which finally ended his hopes of contending for a Claret Jug.
Lacking cuts have change into a disturbing pattern for the previous Alabama star.
In complete, for the reason that starting of June, Thomas has missed six cuts, which additionally contains the U.S. Open.
In order the calendar flips to August, Thomas must proper the ship quick. If he fails to take action, not solely will he miss out on the FedEx Cup, however he could possibly be handed over for the American Ryder Cup workforce too.
Jack Milko is a golf workers author for SB Nation’s Taking part in By way of. You possibly can observe him on Twitter @jack_milko for extra golf protection. Make sure to try @_PlayingThrough too.