Justin Thomas found himself in the third to last group on Sunday at the CJ Cup. He had an outside shot at a win going into the day, only to fall to T-12th (72-66-68-74).
It was just kind of a middling week statistically. Thomas was between 12th and 43rd in each category. Ball striking was his best asset as he was 29th off the tee (.241 per round) and 15th on approach (.777).
JT recorded his third straight top-12, fourth straight top-25 and eighth straight top-50. There was a win in that span at the WGC-FedEx St, Jude Invitational so he’s not in any sort of drought.
It’s just that a player of his caliber struggles to be satisfied with anything short of a trophy.
I like Thomas to get back on the horse this week and contend at the Zozo Championship. It looks like this is his first look at Sherwood Country Club.
That’s the case for most players in the field so I’m not too worried.
The 27-year-old Alabama grad led the PGA Tour last season in SG approach (.997) and tee to green (1.741). A career worst putting season (112th, -.31) kept him from going for his second straight PGA Tour Player of the Year honor.
JT was still third in scoring average (69.128) and second in birdie average (4.55).
Thomas doesn’t have a great track record in California. That keeps me from slotting him higher, but I like him to post another quality finish.