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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Justin Thomas
Greg Vara breaks down the first major of the year and believes past PGA Championship winner Jason Day will be a worthy pick in several formats.
Ryan Pohle makes his RotoWire debut and provides his best bets for this week's PGA Championship. Bryson DeChambeau figures to be a popular pick, but few will have him with as favorable odds as Ryan does.
Major championship golf returns this week, and Len Hochberg is on hand to provide tips and golfers to target in this week's contests on DraftKings. Back-to-back defending champion Brooks Koepka tops the list.
A late-Sunday surge gave Justin Thomas both the title in Tennessee and the top spot in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Len Hochberg ranks the field for the season's first major. Justin Thomas, shooting for his second PGA Championship title, heads the list.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
Although he finished seventh on the FedEx points list, Thomas was the leading money earner in 2017-18. Prior to the FedEx Cup, that held a lot more prestige, but considering the FedEx bonus is more than anyone earned on the course last season, it obviously has lost some luster. It is an important number for salary cap leagues, however, as Thomas enters this season with the highest price tag. Thomas won three times last season and five times the season prior. He's in the conversation of best golfer alive, and there's no reason to think he falls out of that conversation this season. As mentioned, though, the price tag is too high for salary cap purposes this season. In draft leagues he could go as high as No. 1, but shouldn't fall below third or fourth overall.
There are several words that come to mind when thinking about Thomas' 2016-17 season. Awesome, incredible, impressive and don't forget surprising. Thomas has had the "potential" label for a few years now, but unlike most of his buddies, Thomas had yet to reach his potential. That began to change early in the 2016-17 season as he posted three wins before the month of February. As expected after that third win, the golf world went nuts and Thomas was inserted as the Masters favorite, the FedExCup favorite and a lock for the Hall of Fame. A funny thing happened after that third win though, Thomas' game left him for several months. He obviously found his game before the end of the season and that's why it was so impressive. It would have been easy to get complacent after three wins to start the season, but he battled through a slump that saw him miss three consecutive cuts at one point, to end the season on top of the golf world. With all of that said, there is simply too much talent on the PGA Tour for any one golfer to do what Thomas did last season, in two consecutive seasons.
Thomas' ascension to the top of the PGA Tour ranks has come fast and furious. As a rookie in 2015, Thomas was unable to find a victory or even a top-3 for that matter, but he was able to parlay seven top-10s in to over $2.2 million in earnings. Last season, Thomas won his second start and never looked back. When it was all done, Thomas added three more top-3s on his way to over $4 million in earnings. Thomas appears to be getting better and even though he set the bar pretty high last season, he should be able to improve upon his number this year. In draft leagues, Thomas should go in the 2nd-round.
Thomas has an opportunity to be an absolute stud on the PGA Tour. A part of an Alabama team that won a National Championship, Thomas won the third Web.com Tour Finals event, the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship, in a playoff for his first win of the year. Coupled with a second, third, fourth, and a fifth, it was an extremely solid year for Thomas, who finished fifth in total season money, will start the 2014-2015 PGA Tour season second on the Reshuffle List, and is in prime position to make a fall charge. Averaging 311.5 yards off the tee and ending the year third in scoring average, fantasy players will want to draft and start this guy early and often: he’s got the making of an absolute young gun.
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Posts seventh top-20 in 2020
Thomas closed with a two-over 74 on Sunday at the Memorial Tournament to finish tied for 18th.
Comes up short in playoff
Putting struggles lead to MC
Thomas missed the cut at the Travelers Championship after shooting rounds of 71-71.
Sunday 63 leads to T8 finish
Thomas climbed up into a share of eighth place at the RBC Heritage after posting an eight-under 63 in the final round.
Mediocre final round leads to T10
Thomas closed with a one-over 71 in the final round of the Charles Schwab Challenge to finish in a share of 10th place.