Justin Thomas is making his debut in the 3M Open, and has also entered the Wyndham Championship, taking special measures to earn a spot in the FedEx Cup Playoffs
Justin Thomas is in unfamiliar surroundings in his quest to make the Tour Championship.
The two-time PGA Champion, 75th in the FedEx Cup standings, is making his debut at the 3M Open – with the top 70 advancing to the first Playoff event.
Since joining the PGA Tour in 2015, Thomas has never finished outside the top seven at the FedEx Cup finale.
But there is a chance the 30-year-old won’t make the FedEx St. Jude Invitational, let alone the Tour Championship field this year.
“I’m very, very close,” he said. “I feel like I’m just right there to break through a little inner confidence or mojo, if you will.
“I’m not going to get that at home sitting on the couch – I just need to play my way through it a little bit.
“This is an unbelievable opportunity for me, behind the eight-ball and my end goal is to make the Tour Championship like it is every year.
“It’s not like I’m just playing to try to get into the first Playoffs event. I want to be in Atlanta and I’m going to have to get there somehow.”
After also entering the Wyndham Championship for the first time since 2016, Thomas says this is a chance “to learn a little bit about himself” after a string of disappointing results.
He missed the cut at The Open after an 82 in the first round. It was the fourth cut he’d missed in his last six starts.
Thomas’ spot on the US Ryder Cup team is also in jeopardy. He sits 15th in the standings, but success at TPC Twin Cities and Sedgefield Country Club could change this.
“I really feel like great things are coming,” he added. “Obviously I’ve had not very many results or not many positives to show.
“I’ve played a lot better golf than I feel like the scores and finishes have shown. It was just a couple of events ago in the Travelers I finished in the top 10 – obviously Keegan was running away with it, but very easily could have been a top 2, 3, 4, 5 finish.
“I’m doing a lot of things pretty well. I’ve got to kind of just get over that hurdle. Feel like I’m very, very close, I am. Just got to – hopefully, this is the week that it all clicks and comes together.”
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