Justin Thomas won the $10 million FedEx Cup at 24 — here’s everything you need to know about golf’s newest superstar

Justin Thomas is now a major champion.

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Justin Thomas is now a major champion.
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In just three years on the PGA Tour, 24-year-old Justin Thomas has already accomplished more than most professional golfers ever do.

On Sunday, Thomas shot a solid 66 to finish alone in second place at the Tour Championship, the final event in the PGA Tour’s race to the FedEx Cup. While his score wasn’t good enough to win the tournament, Thomas got enough points to take the Cup, as well as the $10 million bonus that comes with it.

That wasn’t the only highlight of his season, which featured a whopping five victories and a couple of truly historic rounds.

Golf fanatics already knew what to expect from the hugely talented Thomas, but more casual followers will want to know more about the latest arrival to the world’s elite stage. Check out these facts on Thomas’ luxurious life and fast-developing career.


Thomas won the $10 million FedEx Cup on Sunday, becoming one of the youngest players ever to take the PGA Tour’s season-long competition.

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Rookie Xander Schauffele won the actual tournament, the Tour Championship, but Thomas had enough points to win the Cup anyway. He birdied two of the final three holes to move within one stroke of the winning score.

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Thomas worked his way into winning position with a postseason victory at the Dell Technologies Championship over Labor Day weekend.

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The FedEx Cup win capped a terrific season for Thomas. He set 15 goals at the beginning of the year and accomplished 12 of them, rising to No. 4 in the Official World Golf Ranking in the process.


In August, Thomas won the PGA Championship, the final major of the season. He trailed by two at the start of the final round, but a Sunday 68 left him as the last man standing at Quail Hollow.

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It was the fifth PGA Tour victory of his career, but his first in the mainland United States.

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Thomas jump-started his career with a win at the 2015 CIMB Classic in Malaysia. He successfully defended his title last year.

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Read more: Justin Thomas wins CIMB Classic for first PGA Tour title


Soon after, he began to make his way across the Pacific, winning back-to-back events in Hawaii this past January.

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He made history at Honolulu’s Waialae Country Club, becoming just the seventh player to post a round of 59 in a PGA Tour event.

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Thomas’ impressive run was preceded by a lengthy meeting with the great Jack Nicklaus, who gave him advice on course management.

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Thomas came back to earth for most of the spring and summer, but he still showed a flair for the dramatic, shooting a record-tying round of 63 at the U.S. Open at Erin Hills.

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Read more: Justin Thomas’ record-setting round at the US Open included a crazy U-shaped putt and a 300-yard approach shot


He also showed off his sense of style, donning a sharp cardigan and tie combo at the British Open.

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Thomas is good friends with Rickie Fowler, who hung back to congratulate the newly-minted PGA Champion.


He’s also pals with Jordan Spieth. Both are members of golf’s vaunted high school class of 2011 and have known each other since childhood.


Thomas and Spieth have celebrated many wins together, including Spieth’s British Open victory last month.

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Read more: Jordan Spieth celebrated his win at The Open by drinking out of the Claret Jug


Thomas, Spieth and Fowler, along with fellow PGA Tour winner Smylie Kaufman, often vacation together. They’ve become known as the Baker’s Bay Boys.

I guess I'm the only one on the tan line maintenance crew #SB2K17 @jordanspieth @smyliekaufman10 @justinthomas34

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He also has a slew of non-PGA Tour friends, who are a patriotic bunch.

If you can't tell, we like America

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Thomas was raised in Goshen, Kentucky, where he began playing golf at a young age.

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He’s a third-generation member of the PGA of America. Thomas’ father Mike is the head pro at Harmony Landing Country Club in Goshen, while his grandfather Paul was the head pro at Zanesville Country Club for over 25 years.


Thomas is a proud University of Alabama product and remains a big fan of Crimson Tide Football.

It never gets old beating auburn #everbeen #17minutes

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He’s been dating Jillian Wisniewski, a University of Kentucky graduate, for more than a year now.

Holidays are better with some arm candy like this ????????????

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The couple makes frequent appearances together. In May, the proud Bluegrass State natives stepped out at the Kentucky Derby.

Can't beat Derby weekend! What a weekend with this squad

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With five PGA Tour wins, a major, and the FedEx Cup, Thomas is the frontrunner for the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year award.

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After so much success at such a young age, he should be in for more wins in the future.

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