Justin Thomas has not performed his best in the FedEx Cup playoffs so far. He will make up for that this week at the Tour Championship.
As the 2020 FedEx Cup playoffs began, Justin Thomas found himself in the top spot, thus earning an advantage going into the postseason. However, as the Tour Championship approaches this week, Thomas has slipped a bit and now finds himself as the hunter rather than the hunted.
Thomas was on a hot streak near the end of the 2020 PGA Tour season. As the tour restarted in June, Thomas had three top 10s, including a win at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational. He easily could have won a second time, as he gave away a three-shot lead with three holes to play at the Workday Charity Open, eventually losing to Collin Morikawa in a playoff.
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The last three events for Thomas have been average, but not up to the lofty standards of the now former number one player in the world. Thomas tied for 37th at the PGA Championship in San Francisco in early August. After a week off, he tied for 49th at the Northern Trust, the opening playoff event.
Last week at the BMW Championship in Chicago, Thomas got off to a bad start, shooting 73 on Thursday and 74 on Friday. He was able to rally and shoot 71 on Saturday and 68 on Sunday. Thomas ultimately finished in a tie for 25th place.
Now, as the Tour Championship approaches, Thomas finds himself in third place in the FedEx Cup standings.
That means that he will start three shots behind leader Dustin Johnson as the Tour Championship gets underway at East Lake this week. The only other player between Thomas and the top of the leaderboard will be Jon Rahm, last week’s winner, who will start one shot ahead of Thomas.
The good news for Thomas is that he clearly has not had his best the last few weeks, yet he still has a very realistic chance to win the FedEx Cup. He will also come into the first round this weekend after playing his best round last week on Sunday. Momentum can be a crazy thing.
Also good news for Thomas is that he has played well at East Lake in the past. He tied for third last year, tied for seventh in 2018, was second in 2017 and tied for sixth in 2016. Four appearances, all with top seven finishes. That’s strong.
Thomas will put it all together this week in Atlanta and win the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup. He’s due to play well and he’s due to win on this course. That’s a dangerous combination for this week’s event.