Justin Thomas Has a Priceless Anecdote From the Time He Used to Caddie for Michael Jordan

Published 11/22/2021, 3:00 PM EST
Golf – The 2020 Ryder Cup – Whistling Straits, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, U.S. – September 25, 2021 Team USA’s Justin Thomas reacts on the 16th green after winning the hole during the Foursomes REUTERS/Mike Segar

When gambling in sports became legal, Action Network ran a series with professional golfers, where a lot of them revealed some very exciting gambling stories from their past. Notably, Justin Thomas recalled one such story from his childhood, and it’s undoubtedly one of the best we’ve heard so far.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Golf – Men’s Individual – Final – Round 1 – Kasumigaseki Country Club – Kawagoe, Saitama, Japan – July 29, 2021. Justin Thomas of the United States looks on during competition. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Michael Jordan, along with his friends, would quite often go down to the Harmony Landing Country Club in Kentucky for a game. This is where JT’s father, Mike Thomas, was, and still is, the professional head golfer, thereby, also making this JT’s childhood playground.


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As a kid, JT spent his time on the course caddying for the basketball icon. However, when he was 16, he dropped the bag, picked up the club, and played alongside the NBA legend. Notably, this was where his tale began.

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Justin Thomas caddies for Michael Jordan

At 16, JT had already started the upward journey in his career. Back then, he was already the youngest ever to make it on the PGA Tour after his performance in the Wyndham Championship in 2009.

Thomas recalled, “I was riding with MJ. When we got to the first hole, he said, ‘Go get your clubs.’ He told them, ‘Alright, I’ve got the little man. We’ll take whoever wants us.’ There’s eight people. He wouldn’t tell me the game; he said I didn’t need to hear that.”


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Remembering his smaller stature at that age, he said everyone teased him. This was until he smashed four birdies in the last seven holes and ‘drummed ’em pretty good’. “He just made me feel comfortable. I’d played in some big national tournaments, but that was the biggest deal I’ve ever played in. It was pretty cool. We had a pretty memorable day that we still talk about,” he added.

Jun 20, 2021; San Diego, California, USA; Justin Thomas waves to the crowd after putting on the first green during the final round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Torrey Pines Golf Course. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports

“He always took care of everybody tipping, so let’s just say my tip was a little bigger that year,”  he concluded.


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Indeed, that’s one delightful story. What are your thoughts about the same?


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Ishita Bhargava is a Golf content writer at Essentially Sports. Currently pursuing her undergraduate degree from the Shri Ram College of Commerce, she has a keen interest in sports and fitness. When not playing or watching a sports event, Ishita can be seen spending time with her pets or binge-watching.