The Hawaiian Vacation, by Justin Thomas
It’s not hard to have a great vacation in Hawaii. After all, there are beautiful beaches in nearly every direction, and good food is always close at hand. However, when it comes to having a good time in paradise, few know how to do it quite as well as Justin Thomas.
Of course, to be fair, Justin Thomas was not actually on vacation during his trip to Hawaii. Thomas was there for ‘work’ – although, it can be debated if playing golf on beautiful courses for millions of dollars is something that should be put in the category of work at all. Either way, Thomas was in Hawaii for two weeks and two tournaments, and the results could not have been more impressive.
Big Name Domination
It is hard to know where to start with the statistics from this two-week run of success. To simply say that Thomas was able to win both events – the SBS Tournament of Champions and the Sony Open in Hawaii – would not be giving enough credit to his performances. In the SBS, Thomas was able to hold off a charge from Hideki Matsuyama, who was considered the hottest golfer in the world, until Justin Thomas started to light it up. In fact, over a run of five events ending with the SBS, the only person to beat Hideki Matsuyama is Justin Thomas, who did it twice. As if that wasn’t enough, Thomas turned things up a notch in the Sony Open, where he ran away from the field after posting an opening round 59. In the end, the Sony Open was a blowout, with Thomas carding a seven-stroke victory over Olympic Gold Medalist Justin Rose.
In addition to the fact that he was able to beat many of the best players in the world for two straight weeks, Thomas also put up some gaudy numbers along the way. Of course, the discussion is going to start with the 59 that he shot in the first round of the Sony Open. There are still less than ten sub-60 scores in the history of the PGA Tour, so that is a notable achievement to say the least.
But that is just the start. The total score of 253 that Thomas recorded at the Sony was the lowest total in the history of the PGA Tour – period. Throughout the history of the game, no one has ever shot 253 over 72-holes on the PGA Tour. For the two weeks, Thomas shot an incredible 49-under-par, which included 4 eagles and 51 birdies.
More Than a Friend
Early in his still-young career, Justin Thomas was largely known by golf fans as being ‘Jordan Spieth’s friend’. That has obviously changed, in a big way. Thomas doesn’t need to be known for his friendship with Spieth, as he is proving quickly that he is one of the best players in the world all on his own. With many high profile events laid out in the months ahead, it will be exciting to see where Thomas is able to go with his career in 2017. What did you think of his performance in Hawaii? Stop by Cape and Islands Golf Shop in Hyannis, MA to chat with our staff. We look forward to your visit!