LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – If you’re a dad – or a mom, for that matter – the latest Citi commercial featuring Justin Thomas and his father and coach, Mike, is a bit of a tear-jerker.

The spot features video of Justin growing up, hitting a golf ball at age 3, playing in the snow, high-fiving his dad, who is present every step of the way.

It is titled, “Through a father’s eyes,” and the tag line at the end is, “Here’s to making progress, from one moment to the next.”

Justin Thomas said the spot hit him the first time he watched it.

“I saw it before it came out, but I don’t know where I was the first time I saw it on TV,” he said. “But it’s really cool because if it somehow is possible to tell the story of us two in 30 seconds, they did an unbelievable job of it. And they did somewhat of a good job of making me look like somewhat of a good little kid. It’s cool. I’m obviously a little biased, but I enjoy watching it every time. I mean, anything to do with my family, but especially my dad with everything that we’ve been through and continue to go through, it’s a cool little reminder. We’ve gotten a lot of great feedback on it, which is good. Maybe it’s because of him. But Citi did a great job with it and we’ve enjoyed it.”

Thomas spoke with reporters on Wednesday in advance of his opening round in the PGA Championship at Bellerive Golf Course in St. Louis. He’ll be paired with Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods – the only player to be a repeat PGA Championship winner in stroke play.

Coming off a victory in Akron, Ohio, at the Bridgestone Invitational, Thomas has had a light week. He said he’d played only two holes on the course prior to Wednesday’s news conference. He planned to play nine holes in the afternoon and tee it up.

 

“Growing up in Louisville, this is the second straight week where I am in familiar conditions,” he said. “I’m comfortable with this type of weather and in this type of grass.”

As defending champion, Thomas got to choose the menu for the annual PGA Champions Dinner on Tuesday night. He selected a St. Louis barbeque wedge salad, filet mignon or Chilean sea bass and warm chocolate chip cookies. The wine choices were a Cakebread Collars Chardonnay and Napa Valley Justin Cabernet Sauvignon.

“Hosting was a lot more fun that it probably will be just attending it, but it was a cool night, a special night,” Thomas said. “Having my parents there, my girlfriend, it was cool to be able to share that with the rest of the players.”

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