After finishing in a tie for third in a Frys.com Open to start a 2015-16 wraparound season, Justin Thomas was sitting in a grill in a San Jose International Airport and articulate about a prolonged tour ahead.
After a brief stop during his Florida home, he’d conduct to Asia for a initial time seeking his initial PGA Tour title. Coming off a rookie debate that enclosed 7 top-10s and afterwards descending usually one shot brief of a playoff in a deteriorate opener, Thomas was feeling good about his game.
But another end was on his mind.
“I wish to get to Maui,” Thomas pronounced during a time, referring to earning his approach into a Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.
Two weeks later, Thomas was engagement a moody to a Aloha State after winning a CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, environment contest annals with his 26-under 262 sum and his course-record 61 in a second round. While he loves Maui, his affinity for Asia fast took hold.
Thomas returned to Malaysia a following year and won a CIMB Classic again. In his bid to three-peat in 2017, he finished in a tie for 17th. Last week, he tied for fifth and has damaged standard in any of a 16 rounds he’s played in a CIMB Classic. Thomas also has tied for 23rd and 27th in a World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in Shanghai a past dual years, and he finished in a tie for fourth in a 2016 Dunlop Phoenix Tournament in Japan.
And this week, he’s fortifying his pretension in a CJ Cup during Nine Bridges in Jeju Island, Korea. Thomas won a initial CJ Cup final year, defeating Marc Leishman in a playoff.
That’s an considerable Asia stat line — 8 starts, 3 wins, dual other top-10s. The 2017 PGA Tour actor of a year and PGA Championship leader is seeking his 10th Tour title.
Thomas can’t pinpoint why, exactly, he plays so good in Asia. He likes a food, generally beef during Nobu and his favorite go-to transport — pizza. Likes a cities and generally Jeju Island, one of a wealth off a seashore of a Korean Peninsula. He can still watch or follow his dear Alabama Crimson Tide play football notwithstanding a 12- or 13-hour time difference. The weather’s not too bad.
And there’s a clarity of coercion for a No. 4 actor in a world.
“I always feel it’s critical to play in a tumble given we don’t wish to get too distant behind,” in a competition to a FedExCup, Thomas said. “It would be good to take dual or 3 months off and not play any golf, though these are courses and places we apparently suffer entrance to and I’ve had success at.”
And he gets a jump-start on achieving his goals for a new season. In a Oct. 4 post on Instagram, Thomas suggested 14 goals he hoped to grasp final season. He achieved 7 of them, including apropos No. 1 in a world, winning a contest (he won three) and creation a U.S. Ryder Cup team. The 7 where he fell short, including creation each cut and winning a major, will expostulate him this season.
Thomas is gripping this year’s goals to himself and his team, though he did share one that deals with a longest bar in his bag.
“If we can urge my pushing correctness usually by a small bit. You know, strike one or dual some-more fairways a turn or even if we normal one some-more fairway a round, it doesn’t seem like a lot, though over a grand intrigue of things over a march of a year that’s a large deal,” Thomas said. “I feel like we can get improved in each aspect of my game. we struck a turn beautifully final year, my iron diversion was really good we would contend in terms of statistically, though my brief diversion can always get better, my pushing can always get better, my putting can always get better.”
He’s in a right partial of a universe to do usually that.
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