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Justin Thomas doesn’t think about money. This is a good thing.



You’ve heard Rory McIlroy sing this tune. Now, Player of the Year Justin Thomas is joining the “I don’t care about money” chorus.

Just like the pros carpooling and sharing hotel rooms in the early days of the PGA Tour after saving up all winter for a shot at some measly purses! But really, consider Thomas’ path, and you can’t blame him: Elite college player, impressive season on the Tour, seven top-10s in his first PGA Tour season…

Or, to put it another way, Thomas won $140,000 his first year out of college, in addition to endorsement dollars. So yeah, he never had any problem stacking cash.

JT told Golfweek’s Dave Shedloski

“I truly don’t [think about money] … it’s hard to explain. Obviously, I’m excited. It’s nice. Never have I said I am playing golf to win this money. I truly am playing because I want to win a lot of golf tournaments. I want to win majors, and hopefully I’ll have a Hall of Fame type career. The money is just a bonus. I’m sure a lot of people don’t believe me, but I’ve never thought about the money.”

That’s the right perspective for an elite athlete though, right? Assuredly Tiger Woods would agree.

Speaking of Woods, in the Tiger Woods Era, the PGA Tour’s young stars can secure their financial futures rapidly. And as fans, we don’t want our athletes thinking about money, we want them 100 percent focused on performing at the absolute highest level.

So, while we may feel the stab of jealousy, it’s only a good thing for golf fans that Justin Thomas, and other promising young talents, aren’t obsessing about their finances. Right?

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  1. RR

    Dec 20, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Winners can not care about the money. The rest of the guys on tour make their schedule with the money in mind. Caddie Confidential just had a story from a regular tour player. He acknowledged that he makes his decisions based on money and so do most of the tour players.

  2. michael

    Dec 20, 2017 at 8:39 am

    Does a pro ever say “yeah, I love making tons of cash – this is the best”? Ok, a pro other than Poulter?

  3. Mark

    Dec 20, 2017 at 5:42 am

    I suspect it is very easy to explain. He most likely has never had to worry about money and, given his tremendous talent, he never will. While I know nothing about his upbringing, if his parents made sacrifices, then they were the ones worrying about money.

    • Robert

      Dec 20, 2017 at 9:05 am

      His talent? Talent is overrated. How about the gazillion hours he has been putting daily for the past 15 years?

  4. Thomas A

    Dec 19, 2017 at 10:03 am

    I suppose to not worry about money when you’re swimming in it is pretty easy. If he were only making $60,000 per year including endorsements he’d be singing another tune.

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GolfWRX Members Choice: Best Open Championship course



With Open week upon us, we wanted to know which Open Championship venue is first in the hearts of GolfWRX members.

We asked: Factoring in course design, viewing enjoyment, overall test of golf, history, and whatever else you put into your criteria, what do you think is the best Open Championship venue, and why?

The top-three vote getters got more than 80 percent of the vote. Only Royal St. George’s was more than two percent. As a refresher, the other venues were, Royal Liverpool. Royal Troon, Royal Lytham & St. Anne’s, Royal Portrush, Royal Birkdale, and Turnberry.

The top three from the Open rota in GolfWRX members’ links-loving hearts are as follows.

3. Carnoustie (18.57%)

Ignatius Reilly says, “I went with Carnoustie – maybe because it’s the current one, and maybe because it’s so nasty.”

Sean 2 says. “I selected Carnoustie because it is a challenge regardless of the weather. As DJ called it: “…a true test.”

2. Muirfield (20%)

15th Club draws on his first-hand experience, “But I have been asked this question before; of the British Open courses, which one was your favorite? And my answer always was an additional question; if all of my remaining golf could only be played on just one course that I have been on, what would it be?”

“And the answer is Muirfield. It might not have the interest or the quirkiness of The Old Course, but to me, it is the finest, fairest, purest test of golf I have ever seen. It is at once a perfect match play and/or stroke play golf course. And it is more natural, with less town-encroachment than almost all of the other sites on the Rota.”

1. Old Course at St Andrews (41.43%)

IVM says simply, “St Andrews the home of golf.”

Bucky316 points out, “St Andrews….but only with heavy wind… otherwise it’s sad to see a historic track getting thrashed by the modern technology.”

What do you think, GolfWRX members? You can vote in the poll here, or feel free to discuss your favorite track in the comments.

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Fancy a punt? Check out these Tiger Woods British Open prop bets



It wouldn’t be a major featuring Tiger Woods without Tiger Woods prop bets, would it? Bettors, as we know, get off the sidelines to shovel cash behind Woods when he tees it up in major championships. This has been historically true. It was true at the Masters. It was true at the U.S. Open.

Accordingly, the good folks at BetDSI are offering a number of Woods wagers you may be keen to punt on…especially if you want a piece of the TW action but aren’t keen to take Woods at 24-1 to win The Open.

Tiger Woods makes cut

Yes -350
No +250

Tiger Woods wins

Yes +2400
No -2900

Tiger Woods finishes top 5

Yes +600
No -900

Tiger Woods finishes top 10

Yes +270
No -400

Tiger Woods finishes top 20

Yes +140
No -170

Tiger Woods finishing position

Over 25.5 (-115)
Under 25.5 (-115)

Tiger Woods lowest round

Over 69.5 (-110)
Under 69.5 (-120)

Tiger Woods highest round

Over 75.5 (-110)
Under 75.5 (-120)

Tiger Woods highest score on any hole

Over 7 (-110)
Under 7 (-120)

Tiger Woods total double bogeys or worse

Over 3 (-110)
Under 3 (-120)

Tiger Woods within 5 strokes of lead during final round

Yes +225
No -300

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WATCH Phil Mickelson hit a flop shot over a man 2 yards in front of him



On the Gear Dive podcast, Fred Couples told Johnny Wunder that Phil Mickelson is the best judge of a lie (and the shots he can execute from a certain lie) in the game of golf.

This video from Carnoustie yesterday is testament both to that fact and a reminder that Phil Mickelson’s short game is truly singular.

Former European Tour pro Gary Evans was the guinea pig.

Here’s the shot from another angle. That’s gotta be a 64-degree Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind, no?

Mother of golf gods! Check your trousers, Gary! How crazy is that shot? There’s plenty of puffery when it comes to Phil’s short game, but that shot is simply insane. Would love to see the Trackman data on that flop.

I mean, if Phil doesn’t get the contact he wants and you get hit, you gotta hope to get pelted in the stomach or chest…and not the jewels or the face.

What do you think, GolfWRX members? Would you take Evans place for viral video fame? A few bills from Mickelson’s famed cash wad?

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