PGA TOUR News
Thomas headed to Honda Classic
Justin Thomas, the fifth ranked player in the FedExCup standings and reigning PGA Champion, has committed to play in the 2018 Honda Classic, which will be held February 19-25 at PGA National Resort & Spa.
Thomas, 24, is coming off a breakthrough season in which he won five PGA TOUR events and was named FedExCup champion and 2016-2017 Player of the Year. “It’s something I know how hard it is to do because of how the deep the TOUR is right now and how many great players there are and how guys are winning three, four, five times a year every year,”
Thomas said. “It’s something that’s going to be tough to continue or tough to replicate in terms of last year. But I’m definitely going to give it my best.”
Thomas’s five wins came at the CIMB Classic, SBS Tournament of Champions, Sony Open, PGA and Dell Technologies Championship. He joined Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth as the only players since 1960 to capture five wins in a season, including a major, before the age of 25. In 25 starts, he tallied a TOUR-best 12 top-10 finishes (tied with Spieth) with 19 made cuts and those performances led him to the Arnold Palmer Award as the TOUR’s leading money-winner ($9,921,560).
Now the question is what Thomas will do for an encore.
“I know I’m constantly going to get reminded of what I did last year versus this year and whether it’s better or whether it’s worse,” Thomas said. “The hardest part of the season is going to be staying in the moment and recognizing that it’s a new year. It’s a new opportunity for great things, and I just need to continue to work hard.”
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Thomas returns to Riviera for Genesis Open
Justin Thomas announced that he will play in the 2018 Genesis Open to be held February 12-18 at The Riviera Country Club, marking his fourth professional start at Riviera.
“Riviera is a great course and has some of the best par-3s of any golf course you’ll play,” Thomas said. “I really do love the layout and I get excited every time I play there.”
Last season was a banner year for the 24-year-old Thomas, who is currently No. 5 in the FedExCup standings.
He was the only golfer to win five times during the 2016-17 PGA TOUR season, including a win at the PGA Championship, totaling 12 top-10 finishes, en route to winning the PGA TOUR’s Player of the Year honor. He started 2017 by becoming the seventh player in history, and the youngest, to shoot 59 in a PGA TOUR tournament round, and ended the season by being crowned the FedExCup champion.
Thomas is already off to a hot start on the PGA TOUR’s 2017-18 wraparound schedule, having won THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES in October.
Thomas has both professional and collegiate starts at Riviera, having three PGA TOUR starts and two collegiate starts. While at the University of Alabama, Thomas competed in the 2012 NCAA individual and team championship at Riviera. Thomas finished tied for seventh place in the individual championship and Alabama finished second in the team championship.