Charlotte, NC – “I like me.”
At least sometimes.
You may remember when Justin Thomas uttered these words. Sampling the streak of NFL star Terrell Owens, he shouted it out in the dig after he and Tiger Woods won a four-way game Friday at the 2019 Presidents Cup. To amplify the moment, he dropped Thomas Potter, hugged Woods and pushed him away.
At Quail Hollow on Thursday, in the first US international showdown since, Thomas’ day was perhaps the most Goldilocks golfer.
Not very hot.
And not very cold.
But in the end, it’s absolutely true. After all, he and partner Jordan Spieth defeated Sungjae Im and Corey Conners 2 and 1 in a four-way match, part of a four-game winning streak where the Americans jumped to 4-1 on one day.
“Oh, it was a big grind,” Thomas said afterward. “I mean, you know, we played a really good team, a team that hits a lot of lanes, a lot of high-quality shots. I took some incredibly questionable shots, and I think that’s why we make such a great team. We can save when We don’t have the best things on a day like today.”
How dubious were the few? Oddly enough, Golf Channel analyst Paul Azinger called it “one of the worst shots a player will ever do well.” We’ll just let the stats tell our story. At 168 yards, par-3 4th, Thomas walked away, caught as much grass behind the ball as the ball itself, and hit it at 126 yards.
After the math, that would leave Spieth with a 44-yard trail.
“I’m just putting you in a good yardage,” Thomas joked to Speth, according to the broadcast.
Later, in the fifteenth part of the fifteenth month, Thomas from the green bunker hit the left sideBarely surviving, he raised his right hand in confusion and gave a nod with wide eyes. Of course, you also know that Thomas and Speth made a hole in things later, and thus on the good stuff.
In the first 4 turn, Thomas drilled 7 feet to cut the hole in half. At 4 par-4, Thomas hit 20 feet, and he and Spieth took the 1-up lead. At 5 par-4, from 149 yards, Thomas hit 7 feet from a shelter in the fairway, and he and Spieth earned a 2-up lead. In the sixth round of the third class, Thomas hit his tee to 20 feet, and he and Spieth went 3 times. In the 4-8 part, Thomas rolled in 10 feet to break the hole in half.
The biggest moment came at 15, although things are getting a little weird. Spieth teed off. Thomas hit just above the green. Spieth rolled one away, in the other direction.
and Thomas Parade, from a distance of 26 feet.
This time, he shouted with him and Spieth twice: “That’s what I’m talking about.” He was walking around the green area. He slapped Speth’s right hand. He shouted again: “Wow!”
On the same green five years ago, Thomas won the PGA Championship for his first major.
“I mean, it’s the best,” Thomas said of his opening match. “I feel like there are four or five holes here that have places and a gallery a little bit bigger than the others. Was lucky enough, I really tried to take advantage of that moment. I mean, these keys are so big in a match game.”
“He’s enjoyed that green before,” said Speth. “It’s one of his favorite greens.”
“Yes, what Jordan said,” Thomas said.