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

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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 Web.com 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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The 7 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (10.11.18)

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If you’re on Instagram, you’re hopefully aware that we are ‘gramming it up as well (@golfwrx). And if you’re not following us, well, that hurts our feelings more than a three-putt bogey.

Even if you do follow WRX on Instagram, however, you may not be aware that an abundance of equipment enthusiasts are hashtagging their photos #GolfWRX. We feel it’s only right to feature the best of the WRX-tagged imagery here.

And if you’re not on Instagram, well there’s no way you could see these photos, so think of this series as a handy filter for the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Michael Martinez with a phenomenal custom Nike concept sketch in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

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Hispanic Heritage Month #golf #nikeshoes #leetrevino

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Worse than the blue screen of death…

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Sadness. #RadryGolf

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In the pantheon of golf tattoos, this one has to be featured prominently, no?

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Tattoo level: Tin Cup ???????? ???? via @pgamemes

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BB&F continues to reign as the ferrule king.

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Ferrule B

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Kraken’s latest ballmarker is hotter than a fire track.

With all due respect to aquatic creatures, these are the best kind of scallops.

A clean sole grind and stamping from Don White. Nothing like it.

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Made with a purpose.

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If you’re on Instagram, remember to hashtag your photos #GolfWRX. And if you’re not on Instagram, well, don’t.

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Report: No tickets will be sold for Tiger-Phil match

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Sorry, fans, you’re not going to be able to buy tickets to the Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson $9 million megamatch at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas, November 23.

Per a report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, only a “small gathering of sponsors and VIPs” will be allowed on course. The report also indicates that, in contrast to Phil Mickelson’s promised primetime (ET) showdown, the match will be played under the Nevada sun. The official start time is yet to be announced, ditto the PPV price.

We corrected the promo graphic below to eliminate the crowd. But right-handed Tiger Woods swinging a left-handed club still needs fixing.

Woods is the -220 favorite at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. Mickelson is a +180 underdog.

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WATCH: Is this the craziest hole-in-one you’ve ever seen?

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Golfers often say that getting a hole-in-one is all luck. (Keep in mind that Tiger Woods, arguably one of the most skilled iron players ever, says he has 19 holes-in-one… so maybe not all luck.) But certainly there are some holes-in-one that are “luckier” than others.

And then there’s this shot by Eddie Pepperell at the 2018 British Masters…

Definitely a great shot, and he absolutely took dead aim, but how this golf ball found the bottom of the cup is mind-blowing. It seemed to bounce off the ground, go up the flagstick, hit the ground, then side hop itself right into the basket. Wow.

But is it crazier than the bank shot?

That one is hard to top.

Or how about the all-time classic Bugs-Bunny-assisted hole-in-one by Michael Jordan in Space Jam?

Looney Tunes aside, here’s what Pepperell had to say about his hole-in-one.

He may not have seen what happened at the time, but he’ll see it on highlight reels for years to come.

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