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Top 30 Golfers for the 2016 Majors: No. 12 Justin Thomas


They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2016 — the Athlon Major Championship Dream Team. Leading up to The Masters, we'll be unveiling Athlon Sports’ 30 players to watch for majors season, with commentary on each from the Golf Channel’s Gary Williams.

No. 12: Justin Thomas

Born: April 29, 1993, Louisville, Ky. | Career PGA Tour Wins: 1 | 2015 Wins (Worldwide): 0 | 2015 Earnings (PGA Tour): $2,278,564 (18th) | World Ranking: 33

Gary Williams' Take: With a win at the CIMB Classic and a third at the Open, Thomas got the 2015-16 season, his second, off to a ripping start. He was a runner-up to Daniel Berger in the Rookie of the Year race in ’15, and I think he’s going to make a quantum leap to USA Ryder Cup team member in 2016. Thomas (145 pounds) is pound for pound the longest hitter on Tour. More importantly, he is a prodigy who has learned to win big at every level, and he has the sincere belief that no one is better than he is. Finishing seventh in the all around ranking category as a rookie is a reflection of someone who not only adapts but also is blessed with world-class talent. If he can improve his make percentage from 15-20 feet, where he finished 154th on Tour in 2015, he will contend even more. A second full year of controlling his own schedule will mean greater comfort and a huge leap in the world rankings by the end of the year.
Major Championship Résumé
Starts: 2
Wins: 0
2015 Performance:
    Masters – DNP
    U.S. Open – DNP
    British Open – DNP
    PGA Championship – T18
Best Career Finishes
    Masters – n/a
    U.S. Open - Cut (2014)
    British Open – n/a
    PGA Championship – T18 (2015)
Top-10 Finishes: 0
Top-25 Finishes: 1
Missed Cuts: 1

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