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Justin Thomas reveals list of goals he achieved and fell short of in 2022

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On Monday, world number seven, Justin Thomas, revealed exactly what his goals were for the past 2021/2022 season, and we might consider them a tough list.

 

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Of the 12 targets, he made the Tour Championship at East Lake last week, eventually finishing fourth in the 72-hole scoring event and tied-fifth in the ‘official’ event (with strokes start), although viewers may also remember him for his reaction to Rory McIlroy’s victory.

He’s also ticked off number two on his list – making the Presidents Cup team for Quail Hollow later this month is a given – and whilst the result is still to be determined, the United States Team is a hot favourite.

Points three, four and five relate to wins – sure, he won the PGA Championship at Southern Hills, but that was his only victory of the year, meaning he fell well short of the four-plus wins expected. He also gained a top-10 finish at Augusta, but 37th and 53rd at the other two majors means half-a-cross by the fifth goal.

Five of the targets are stats-related, and whilst he fell short of the 60% fairways hit, he was 16th in strokes-gained-off-the-tee, recording +0.538. SG putting fell short of the 0.3 target, measuring 0.91 in 85th place, but his strokes-gained-total was an impressive +1.68 in fourth place, but short of his +2.0 target.

JT’s approach play from 50 to 175 yards makes great reading. He isn’t outside of the top-three for any of those factors, so the goal to be top-20 for 50 to 100 yards was easily achieved, and when he misses, the figure of +0.355 around-the-green just tips him over another ambitious target.

At the end of the Tour Championship, JT told McIlroy that he played “awesome golf,” and with Scottie Scheffler winning four times, including The Masters, he was never getting close to getting to number one in the world, though if he carries on as he desires in his last point, he should get closer to the top next year:

“Work harder than I’ve ever worked before.”

He ticked that.

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  1. Pingback: Justin Thomas makes surprising Thanksgiving U-Turn – GolfWRX

  2. Bent Grass

    Aug 30, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    Choker. Close that pie hole and start playing some golf.

  3. Andrew J

    Aug 30, 2022 at 7:56 am

    JT’s putting goes off the chart with P&SI-EGOS. Check it out on eBay.

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Report: PGA Tour winner latest player to sign with LIV Golf

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Another PGA Tour winner is headed to LIV Golf.

According to The Telegraph, Colombian Sebastian Munoz has agreed to a deal with the rival circuit. Munoz adds to the growing list of Spanish speaking players on LIV including Joaquin Niemann, Sergio Garcia, Abraham Ancer, Mito Pereira and Eugenio Chacarra.

Munoz has previously won the Sanderson Farms Championship and has six additional top-5 finishes on the PGA Tour.

At the time of his signing, the 30-year-old was ranked 90th in the Official World Golf Rankings. Munoz is set to make his LIV Golf debut at Mayakoba on February 24-26.

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Bubba Watson says that he will beg Jay Monahan to play in this PGA Tour event

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Bubba Watson, who joined LIV Golf last year, is still hoping he can play in a PGA Tour event.

The two-time major champion plans to “beg” PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan to allow Watson and his son to play in next year’s PNC Championship, which is an event that consists of a father/son or father/daughter tandem with one professional on each team.

“My son, like I said, he doesn’t play golf, but now his whole goal was – I’ll put this out there, his whole goal was to play in the PNC, which is the parent-junior, and now I’m not allowed to play in it. As soon as I see Jay Monahan – if Jay Monahan is watching this, I’ll see you at Augusta and I’ll try to beg you to let us play the PNC again.”

Watson and the other LIV golfers who were previously exempt or top-50 in the world will still get a chance to compete in this year Masters Tournament, to which Bubba is grateful.

“I was very thankful that we get to go back to the Masters. Then LIV announced their schedule, so I won’t be able to go to the women’s tournament or the Drive, Chip & Putt with the kids because we’ll be in Orlando. But it’s one year, I’m going to definitely be in the ears of people at LIV and try to see if I can get back there because I want to support what the Masters means to the game of golf, what the membership of Augusta means to the game of golf, and I would love to be there for the Women’s Amateur and the kids on Sunday.”

The 44-year-old (along with all LIV players) is currently suspended from the PGA Tour but will make his first start since the PGA Championship in May of 2022 at this week’s Saudi International at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club after missing time with a torn meniscus.

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Patrick Reed issues statement following rules controversy in Dubai

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On his way to finishing runner-up at last week’s Dubai Desert Classic, Patrick Reed found himself caught up in two incidents of note.

The first, widely nicknamed ‘Tee Gate’ saw a pre-event spat between Reed and the world number one and tournament favourite Rory McIlroy, resulting in the former Masters winner lobbing a LIV-branded tee in his opponent’s direction. Little were they aware that it would take a birdie at each of the final two holes for McIlroy to overcome the most talked-about player in golf.

The second newsworthy episode involved Reed losing his ball up a tree on the 17th fairway, an escapade that resulted in a social media frenzy asking whether the ball found was, in fact, the correct ball and how several marshals identified it.

The DP World Tour’s statement at the time cleared Reed, stating that, “Using binoculars [the DP World Tour Chief Referee] joined the player in the area and asked him to identify his distinctive ball markings,” and “was satisfied that a ball with those markings was lodged in the tree.”

Video footage and players’ comments subsequently pointed to the ball flying into a different tee, but in Reed’s defence, he was likely to have been advised to the exact tree to look into, rather than guess himself.

He signed for a bogey five on the hole, a score that could have been one shot worse if having to reload on the tee box.

Reed himself sees the event much like most did the tee-peg incident – as something and nothing – and posted a statement to that effect on Twitter today:

With that all over, this week Reed returns to the Asian Tour for the Saudi International, where he meets up with much of his LIV counterparts in an event dominated by two-time champion Dustin Johnson.

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