PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL – Justin Thomas, the hottest player in the World with back-to-back victories in Hawaii at the Tournament of Champions and the Sony Open the past two weeks, will ride his wave of momentum to the 2017 Honda Classic, a PGA TOUR event which will be held February 20-26 at PGA National Resort & Spa.
Thomas, who has risen to No. 8 in the World Golf Ranking at age 23, has committed to join a Honda field that includes defending tournament champion Adam Scott, Tiger Woods, Masters champion Danny Willett, Paul Casey, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka, Zach Johnson, two-time Honda champion (2205 and 2015) Padraig Harrington, 2014 Honda champion Russell Henley, 2006 Honda champion Luke Donald, Jupiter's Daniel Berger, Stewart Cink, Jason Dufner, Retief Goosen, 2010 Honda champion Camilo Villegas, 2007 Honda champion Mark Wilson, 2013 Champion Michael Thompson and Graeme McDowell.
Thomas' commitment to The Honda comes on the heels of an incredible two-week display of golf, which included setting a PGA TOUR record with a 72-hole score of 253 at the Sony Open. He has been eyed as one of golf's potential new stars for a few years now. But Thomas turned the Hawaii swing into a personal luau in a way that nobody has since Ernie Els won back-to-back events there in 2003 and has given his supporters great substance for their arguments about his impending greatness.
His scores for Sony week in Hawaii were 59, 64, 65 and 65, two strokes better than Els' 2003 totals. Thomas also became the third player in the past 30 years to win back-to-back weeks at age 23 or younger. He also won the CIMB during the early season in October, giving him a running head start on 2017 Player of the Year honors and titles in the money standings (he has already won $3,802,167) and Fed Ex Cup.
"I'm really excited where my game is and how comfortable I'm feeling when I'm out there," Thomas said. "I'm just in a good spot mentally right now.
"You can't expect wins or you can't be like, look, I'm going into this event and I should win this. It's more of just like, look, I'm playing well enough, if I manage everything well and I'm smart out there, I should have a chance to win. I expect to be in contention every time I play."
Thomas' rise on the PGA TOUR has been anticipated since as far back as 2012 when he was a golfer at the University of Alabama dominating the collegiate ranks along with Texas' Jordan Spieth. Thomas stayed in college a year longer than Spieth, claiming the national title in 2013 that he had lost to Spieth in 2012.
Thomas worked his way to the PGA TOUR through Q-School and the Web.com Tour. He had seven Top 10 finishes in his first full year in 2015 and won for the first time that October at the CIMB Classic. His second victory came a full year later at the same event and now he has four victories on his ledger after a sensational tour of Hawaii.
Soon Thomas will tee it up at The Honda Classic.
"I'm obviously playing great," he said. "I'm not going to sit here and tell you I'm playing okay. I mean, I am, I'm playing really well. I would take the golf I played the last few weeks every week I play."Grounds tickets, Bear Trap tickets and other hospitality tickets and packages for the 2017 Honda Classic are on sale HERE or by calling 1-844-8Honda8 (844-846-6328).
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