Throwback Thursday: JT kicks off breakthrough year in style
Ahead of the 2017 PGA Tour season Justin Thomas – or ‘JT’ to his friends and, well, everyone else – was always known as ‘that bloke’ who hung around with golf’s young superstars Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler.
Well, step out of the shadows JT it’s your time.
In January 2017 his OWGR (official world golf ranking) sat at a respectable 22 but with only one win to his name on Tour it’s safe to say not many people knew much about the Kentucky native.
As soon as the now 24-year-old stepped off the plane in Hawaii it was all about to change.
The Tournament of Champions kicked off the New Year in style boasting a star-studded field in Kapalua.
Thomas carded rounds of 67-67-67-69 for a total of 270 to finish three strokes clear of second-placed Hideki Matsuyama with best friend Spieth a further three shots back.
Little did we know this was a sign of things to come.
Fast forward eight months to the season finale Tour Championship and Justin Thomas is a man everyone knows all too well.
Five tournament victories, including a breakthrough major win at the PGA Championship, throughout the year helped Thomas to finish 2017 on top of the FedEx Cup pile earning himself a lucrative $10 million in the process.
You’re no longer in the shadows now, Justin – but what will 2018 hold for one of golf’s rising stars?