‘It’s Bulls**t’: Justin Thomas Left Fuming After Controversial Ruling at 2022 U.S. Open

Published 06/19/2022, 7:07 AM EDT
Jun 13, 2022; Brookline, Massachusetts, USA; Justin Thomas addresses the media during a press conference before rounds of the U.S. Open golf tournament at The Country Club. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

The rulings in golf can sometimes truly frustrate professionals. During various instances, we have seen players get agitated about numerous rules governing the sport. One such incident occurred yesterday during the third round of the 2022 U.S. Open, involving Justin Thomas. He had a very bold reaction to an incident.

Justin Thomas fumes over strange ruling

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The PGA Tour professional hit a cracking tee shot on the fourth hole during his third round at the Country Club. However, his beautiful tee shot proved unlucky for him as his ball ended near one of the drains on the fairway. But it was not entirely on the drain.

Usually, when the ball ends on a drain or the stance or the swing is impacted by the drain, the professionals are entitled to free relief. Unfortunately, Justin Thomas’ stance was not affected by the ball’s condition, and he called the rules official to discuss the situation. But that backfired, and the two-time major championship winner did not get the relief in the end. His ball was on a severe down slope, and Thomas had to hit a 156-yards approach shot. However, the PGA Tour professional chunked his approach shot and traveled only 110 yards.

Jun 13, 2022; Brookline, Massachusetts, USA; Justin Thomas addresses the media during a press conference before rounds of the U.S. Open golf tournament at The Country Club. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

After hitting his shot he was fuming, the 29-year-old spoke about how he felt about the ruling. He said, “That’s what pisses me off, because so many other people would lie about being able to hit that, but it’s just like, I’m not going to hit it. That’s bull****, man.” Moreover, Thomas’ words prove how sometimes certain golf rules can really infuriate a player. At the same time, it shows Thomas is always true to his game. It’s truly incredible to see the honesty.

 

 

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In the end, Thomas did not manage to make an up and down for par on the hole. As a result, Justin made a bogey on the fourth hole. He also spoke about the whole scenario after his round. Thomas said, “I felt like I very easily could have told her that I was going to and gotten a free drop.”

Thomas’ third-round summary

The young professional played good during the challenging third round at the Country Club. He is currently at an overall score of three-over-par for the tournament, seven shots back from the leader heading into the final round on Sunday. Moreover, he shot a round of two-over-par, 72 on the moving day. His round of 72 included three bogeys, one birdie, and five pars on the opening nine holes. As a result, Thomas moved out in two-over-par, 37. He made two birdies, two bogeys, and five pars on the back nine to make the turn in even-par, 35. Do you think Justin stands a chance of winning the event?

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Bazif Qadri

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Bazif Qadri is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing BSC Economics Hons, Bazif is a golf enthusiast. Not only a fan, but he is also an avid golfer himself.

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