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Justin Thomas

Justin Thomas

One of the rising stars on the PGA Tour, Thomas opened up his season with three wins before February. Though he’s cooled off a bit since then, it’s worth noting that, in 15 starts this season, Thomas has cracked the top 10 seven times.

This includes his last tournament, when Thomas finished in fourth place at the Memorial Tournament. At the end of April, he landed a fifth-place finish at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, and he finished in fifth place at the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship.

Clearly, he’s beginning to make his mark as a force on tour. Though, it’s worth pointing out he has yet to log that signature big win every young golfer must in order to be counted among the game’s elite.

In seven previous major championships, Thomas has made the cut six times, signalling he does have the chops to compete on the game’s biggest stage. Whether he can pull it all together to register a win remains to be seen.