The 2017 golf season belonged to Justin Thomas, as the 25-year-old won five PGA Tour events during the year. Prior to teeing off the year, Thomas had won just twice on the tour claiming victories at the CIMB Classic in 2015 and 2016. To say Thomas was the golfer of the year would be an understatement. His wins during the 2017 season weren’t just throwaway PGA tournaments. One of his wins came at the PGA Championship. It marked Thomas’ first-ever major victory as he won by two strokes. Thomas went on to win the PGA Dell Technologies Championship to cap off the year.
As 2017 ended, Thomas won a host of awards. The PGA Player of the Year, PGA Tour Player of the Year, FedEx Cup, and PGA Leading Money Winner awards all went to Thomas. Due to his haul of accolades, it was hard to believe he had only turned professional in 2013.
Thomas’ initial years in golf weren’t as successful and lucrative as they became. He started professional life on the Web.com Tour after earning his tour card in its qualifying school. In 2014, Thomas won his first golf event as a pro. He claimed first place at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship. Although Thomas didn’t win the Web.com Tour’s Rookie of the Year award, his play did earn him a spot at the ‘big boys’ table’ on the PGA Tour. By the end of November 2015, Thomas had earned his first win as a PGA Tour member. Since winning his first professional event, Thomas has earned at least one victory as a professional golfer in five straight seasons.
While Thomas has won the PGA Championship, golf’s other majors have eluded him. His next best finish was ninth place at the 2017 Masters. The 25-year-old still has a lot of time left in his golf career to reach even higher and claim further major titles.