If you thought Justin Thomas was going to slow down this season, you were surely mistaken. The reigning FedEx Cup winner, PGA Champion, and POY is starting off with a bang, wowing even the commentators in his first tournament of the year.
Thomas is at the CJ Cup this weekend, the first PGA Tour regular-season event in South Korea. While his first round led him to the top of the leaderboard, it was this shot on day two that had everybody reeling.
There was a spike mark in JT’s line on the fifth hole and according to the rules of golf, Thomas wasn’t allowed to fix the mark until after he played his shot (not much good it would do him then). So from 5ft away, he did the only plausible thing… he chipped over the mark with his gap wedge and still made it in for par.
Anyone else would have putted anyway and prayed to the golf gods for the ball to stay on line, but not JT. He decides his own fate and makes crowds jaws drop in the process.
Although this was the highlight of his round, carding a 74 on day two, the course Nine Bridges is producing high scores from everyone putting Thomas in tied for fourth place. This let Luke List snatch back the lead, carding a stellar 62.
Thomas said in an interview Thursday that he is comfortable playing overseas, so we’ll see if List can keep ahead of the precocious American.
“It’s still golf,” he said. “It doesn’t matter where you are, and I know that it is very cliche and easier said than done, but you just have to take advantage of the rest and time you have off the course.”
I guess it doesn’t bother Justin Thomas that golf has the shortest off season of any sport. He’s just rolling on like nothing has changed at all.