TOUR Highlights: January 9, 2017


If the 2015-16 PGA TOUR season showed that Justin Thomas could compete on the biggest stage, the beginning of the 2016-17 season has shown he is a force to be reckoned with.

Thomas, still more than three months shy of his 24th birthday, tallied his fourth straight round in the 60s on January 8 to close out a three-stroke victory at the SBS Tournament of Champions with a 22-under-par 270. After Hideki Matsuyama drew within one stroke through 16 holes, Thomas hit an 8-iron from 214 yards to three feet on the par-4 17th for a birdie to take control.

After an impressive junior career with the AJGA from 2006-10, Thomas hosted his first AJGA tournament during his birthday in the spring of 2016. In 2017, Thomas will remain a tournament host at the Strategic Communications / Justin Thomas Junior Championship presented by Phocus. The 2017 event will take place at Harmony Landing Country Club where Thomas’ dad, Mike, is the head golf professional.

Thomas competed in 30 tournaments across five years with the AJGA. The pride of Goshen, Kentucky, notched three victories, including back-to-back wins at the 2008 and 2009 Natural Resource Partners Bluegrass Junior. Thomas was a two-time Rolex Junior All-American before attending the University of Alabama.

Joining Thomas in the top 10 at the SBS Tournament of Champions were four more 2016 AJGA tournament hosts: Ryan Moore and Jordan Spieth (T3 at 16-under-par 276), Patrick Reed (T6, 15-under-277) and Jimmy Walker (T9, 14-under-278). Spieth and Walker returned to congratulate Thomas as he finished on the 18th green.