If you thought Justin Thomas’ win at the PGA Championship was a bit of a fluke, think again.
This American is legit.
Thomas outdueled long-time friend Jordan Spieth to win the Dell Technologies Championship by three strokes on Monday. In doing so, he joined Tiger Woods, Jason Day, and Spieth as the only players this decade to win five tournaments in one season.
“I have two events left. I have two more opportunities to win,” Thomas said. “And I’d love to make it six or seven wins.”
He’s moved from 34th to 4th in the world this year. He’s now second in the FedEx Cup standings at 5,044 points, just 27 behind Spieth, who overcame Dustin Johnson – down to third after a sluggish 73 on Sunday dropped him to 18th in the tournament.
Up until winning the PGA Championship in August, Thomas has largely played in Spieth’s shadow. Spieth turned pro first, won a tournament first, and won a Major first.
Is there jealousy among friends?
“Definitely jealousy,” Thomas said. “I still get jealous. Anytime any of my friends win and I don’t, I’m extremely happy for them, I’m pumped for them, I’m excited. But I’m jealous.”
Thomas is now ranked fourth in the world just two spots behind Spieth. He jumped two spots from sixth with the win, pushing down Rory McIlroy.