While he has yet to hoist the trophy at the Wells Fargo Championship, Justin Thomas has fond memories at Quail Hollow.
His first of two major championships came at the 2017 PGA Championship. JT overcame an opening 73 to close in 66-69-68 to win by two.
This type of long layout plays perfectly into his hands. JT can go bombs away and he did so in his win by leading the field in driving distance at 327.9. That, combined with finishing fourth in the field in strokes gained putting (7.228 total) was enough to stroll up the 72nd hole comfortably. Thomas didn’t even have his best iron game that week, which is normally his bread and butter.
He’s made four appearances at the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow with a T-7th (69-73-65-70) in his debut in 2015 the high water mark. He made the cut two other times, taking T-21st in 2018 (73-69-79-70) and T-26th (69-73-71-71) in 2021.
Thomas’ best performance on property came at the 2022 Presidents Cup. He was one of the stars of the event going 4-1-0, and he played well in a hard-fought defeat to Si Woo Kim in Sunday singles.
He claims experience at Quail Hollow isn’t a prerequisite to play well here. Regardless, it’s a venue that suits his aerial attack.
"“There’s a handful of courses you play that course knowledge definitely does help a lot, but I wouldn’t say that this is one of them,” Thomas was transcribed by Tee Scripts in 2018. “This is a place that you kind of see what’s all in front of you and you’re just trying to go out there and pick your spots and minimize the mistakes.”"
Speaking of minimizing mistakes, that’s what the former Alabama Crimson Tide is looking to do this week. Thomas has been just a hair off lately with just one top-10, a T-10th at the Valspar Championship, in his last six starts.
He showed some good signs in his last start at the RBC Heritage (T-25th) but will look to try to put together four good rounds here in North Carolina.