There’s no secret that the culture of golf is changing from a social perspective, players are more buddy-buddy than ever before. We saw that a lot this week like when Rory McIlroy told Rickie Fowler jokingly “let’s do that again”, referring to them playing another round paired together the next day.
Or when Rickie stopped mid-round to chat it up with his boy Spieth before he got his day started.
Thomas, the latest winner of the PGA Championship, is a fan-favorite amongst his fellow PGA Tour members – many of whom took to social media to congratulate their friend.
We start with Rickie Fowler who has a serious bromance with Thomas. Both guys were battling it out in the final-round pairings before Thomas started to pull away after his miraculous putt at the 10th.
Fowler entered the day at even par and would have needed to shoot the round of his life to make things close. Fortunately, he is a good sport and showed some love to his pal.
Jordan Spieth, the co-favorite with Rory McIlroy heading into this week, has known Thomas since before the two could drive themselves to a golf course. Despite Spieth’s dominance in the game over the last couple years, he continues to be gracious when defeated and cheers on his friends…or gives them a nice firm slap on the rear as congratulations.
Jordan Spieth sneaks in the congratulatory slap on the ass for Justin Thomas pic.twitter.com/GrnJn5gHRp
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) August 13, 2017
You can’t mention the words Major victory without bringing up the Golden Bear, Jack Nicklaus who won five of these events between 1963-1980. The 18-time Major champion took to Instagram to express his congratulations to the newest Major champion.
Barbara and I are very happy for Justin. I thought his patience was fantastic. He managed his game well. He holed a couple of putts and a chip on the back nine that made the difference. I was very happy to see his friends Rickie and Jordan were there to congratulate him, as well as his parents, Mike and Jani. I have talked to him a lot the past couple of years. I knew he had the ability and the talent, and all he had to do was get the discipline, and believe that he could get it done. He certainly had the discipline this week. We are very proud of him and happy for him. 🏆 #pgachamp #pgachampionship #justinthomas
There is a good chance Thomas got a chill going down his spine while reading that message from the greatest of all time.
Finally, Tiger Woods, who is probably chomping at the bit to get out there again with these young guys, extended his pat-on-the-back to Thomas via twitter.
Congrats JT!!!! Way to rise above the carnage and out execute everyone on that back nine. @JustinThomas34
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) August 13, 2017
Woods is right, Thomas really fought hard for his final-round 68 on Sunday. He struggled early on with two bogeys in his first three holes in the day. It wasn’t until the 10th hole where Thomas began to turn it on with his incredible putt that dangled over the hole for a good 10 seconds before finally falling in. This turning point gave Thomas all the momentum he needed to capture his first major and fourth win on Tour this season.