BOZICH | Justin Thomas shows he has game -- and sense of humor
Former St. Xavier golf star Justin Thomas is having fun with his drive -- and his social media accounts -- as the 2016-17 PGA season opens in Napa, California.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — American golf is looking for its next star — and the next player with a splash of personality.
Maybe former St. Xavier High School star Justin Thomas is ready to contribute big in both roles.
Thomas, 23, finished 11th on the earnings list for the 2015-16 season winning more than $4.1 million. He made the cut in 22 of 28 events, including all four majors. He earned seven Top 10 finishes.
Golf fans, especially in the Louisville area, have understood Thomas was special for many years.
But Thomas has also shown that he can have fun.
Last week, according to GolfChannel.com, Thomas went to his Instagram account and posted a picture of himself dressed in an Alabama football jersey with this caption:
"With the 2 week off season over, glad to show the results from really hitting it hard in the gym. Should be driving all holes under 450 yards now #gainz #swollmonkey."
Thomas, who played college golf for the Crimson Tide, was not finished.
The 2016-17 tour begins Thursday with the Safeway Open in Napa, Calif. Thomas was scheduled to tee off at 10:50 a.m.
But Thomas went to his Twitter account — @JustinThomas34 — and sent this message to his followers:
Of course after my photoshop job looking like I have ???? last week, it's only right I got drug tested today ????— Justin Thomas (@JustinThomas34) October 12, 2016
Well played, sir. Well played.
Thomas also showed his compassionate side. According to this story at GolfDigest.com, Thomas will contribute $250 for every birdie that he makes in his next three tournaments to relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. He challenged others to help. The story said Thomas has a home in Jupiter, Fla.
Now get back in the gym, young man.
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