After finishing second in a playoff at the Tour Championship this weekend, Justin Thomas has won the FedExCup Playoffs. Thomas wrapped up his 2017 PGA Tour campaign with a tour-high five wins highlighted by a 59 at the Sony Open, his first major win at the PGA Championship, and a FedEx Cup Championship. While Thomas may not have finished out the Tour Championship with a win, Thomas has undoubtedly secured the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year Award.
Justin Thomas has come a long way from growing up in the clubhouse of Harmony Landing Country Club under the tutelage of his PGA Professional father Mike Thomas. Ever since earning his PGA Tour card before the 2015 season, the 24-year-old had only accumulated one PGA Tour victory. Exiting the 2017 season, Thomas has added five more victories and skyrocketed his official world golf ranking No. 4.
It all started at the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where Thomas aimed to defend his 2015 title with a victory. Firing eight-under 64 in the fourth round, Thomas secured his first victory of his 2017 campaign.
Justin Thomas picked up right where he left off a year ago at the CIMB Classic. https://t.co/QNqIt5eG5O
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) October 20, 2016
After securing his second tour victory in Malaysia, Thomas took headed to Maui where he would take part in his first SBS Tournament of Champions, a tournament designated for players who had won on tour in the previous year. Thomas kicked off the new year with a bang, as he won the biggest event of his career at Kapalua with a final score of 22 under par.
Fresh off of his win at the SBS Tournament of Champions, Thomas took the quick flight over to the neighboring Hawaiian island of Oahu where he would look for his second consecutive victory at the Sony Open. His chances looked phenomenal from day one after he fired an opening round of 59 to become the youngest PGA Tour player to shoot a 59. Thomas did not let off the gas pedal as he went on to shoot a 64 on Friday to set the PGA Tour 36-hole scoring record and Thomas did not stop there. Entering the weekend in the driver’s seat Thomas shot 65 to match the PGA Tour 54-hole scoring record. With an already commanding lead coming into Sunday, Thomas shot another 65 to set the low 72-hole record on Tour and win his third event in his last four starts.
Justin Thomas' 59 is in the running to win this week's #MustSeeMoments.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) January 13, 2017
Coming out of the PGA Tour’s Hawaii swing Thomas was the hottest golfer in the game. But, it was short lived. After his consecutive victories in Hawaii in January Thomas did not find himself in the Top 25 on a tournament leaderboard until the WGC Mexico championship in early March. In the next three months, Thomas would finish in the top 10 three times including a T-9 finish at the U.S. Open.
With a fantastic season in the making, Thomas entered the PGA Championship with 20/1 odds of winning. Entering Sunday, Thomas was T-4 trailing leader, Kevin Kisner, by three strokes. With a three-under fourth round, Thomas secured his first major championship at Quail Hollow.
— Global Golf Post (@GlobalGolfPost) August 14, 2017
After a fantastic regular season on tour, Thomas punched his ticket to the 2017 FedEx Cup Playoffs where he accumulated two top 10 finishes including a victory at the Dell Technologies Championship for his fifth victory of the year.
Thomas had a season to remember scattered with several incredible accomplishments. With five victories, 12 top 10 finishes, a major championship, a 59, and a FedEx Cup Championship has had a career year. As the 2017 season came to an end at the Tour Championship, Thomas now takes aim at the Presidents Cup where the U.S. team will face off against the International team. 2017 has been quite a year for Thomas and I wouldn’t be surprised if it ends with a player of the year award.