Thomas defends PGA Championship crown


Justin Thomas

Justin Thomas would love to see 2018 be just like 2017. Last year’s FedEx Cup champion will also defend his PGA Championship crown from a year ago when the PGA Tour’s final Major takes place August 9-12 on GOLF and CBS.

Thomas, who is only 25, broke out last season when he won the Cup and his first Major, which was one of four wins for the year. He has a total of 8 PGA Tour wins, including this year’s Honda Classic; his latest to date (as of this writing).  He’s done well in team play, winning last year’s President’s Cup for the U.S. and being third on the team in points. As an amateur he won the 2010 Junior Ryder Cup and an Eisenhower Trophy in 2012.

While in college at Alabama, Thomas won the coveted Haskins Award as a freshman in 2012, which honors the most outstanding collegiate golfer. A year later he helped the Crimson Tide win a national championship in collegiate golf, in 2013. This season Thomas is holding his own in the FedEx Cup standings and at one time was the top-ranked player on the Tour.

This year’s PGA Championship will be held at Bellerive Country Club in Town and Country, Missouri, which is near St. Louis. The course hasn’t hosted a PGA Tour event since the 2013 Senior PGA Championship. The last time the PGA Championship was played here was in 1992, a year before Thomas was born.


Justin Louis Thomas

Born: April 29, 1993

Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky

Height/Weight: 5 foot 10 inches / 155 pounds

College: University of Alabama

Turned pro: 2013

Honors and Achievements: FedEx Cup Champion 2017; PGA Championship winner 2017

Dan Ladd

Dan Ladd

Dan Ladd is a freelance sports writer who works out of Gracenote’s Queensbury, NY office.

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