WATCH: Justin Thomas and Tony Finau Along With a Few Other Tour Golfers Set Their Goals For This Year While Adopting Japanese Tradition

Published 01/17/2023, 1:19 PM EST
Sep 20, 2022; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Team USA golfer Justin Thomas addresses the media in a press conference during a practice day for the Presidents Cup golf tournament at Quail Hollow Club. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

At the start of a new year, many cultures have many different rituals. While some cultures believe in eating grapes, others wear specific colors. The Japanese, on the other hand, believe in Daruma dolls. A few PGA Tour players recently adopted this ritual too, hoping to be showered with good luck during the year. Among them were the likes of Justin Thomas and Tony Finau, who announced their goals for the year while painting their dolls.


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Thomas had a fairly decent year in 2022, winning a major championship on the Tour. But like all devoted athletes, he aims for more. Tony Finau, on the other hand, had a spectacular year in 2022. He won three times on the tour. So, what does he hope to accomplish? Read on to find out what many of the golf pros wished for.

Justin Thomas wishes for more success on the tour

The start of the new year brought along new dreams and hopes for the PGA Tour stars, and many recently painted the eyes of Daruma dolls, hoping to have a bit of assistance in achieving them. The dolls are supposed to bring luck and help fulfill the goal one sets while hurting one eye. Once that goal is achieved, the second eye is to be painted in.

Justin Thomas wished to “win a major championship” during the year. The pro has always had a goal to achieve great things and many wins on the tour. He stated as he painted the doll’s eye, “I’m going to have win a major on there, and I’m just going to keep working hard at home.” He added that he hoped he could fill in the other eyes soon.

May 22, 2022; Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA; Justin Thomas poses with the Wanamaker trophy after winning the PGA Championship golf tournament at Southern Hills Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Tony Finau, who has already seen his first win this season, didn’t wish for more wins. He instead said that his goal was to lead a healthier lifestyle. He explained, “[I want to] push myself to work out and, most importantly, to eat better.”

Collin Morikawa painted himself a Daruma doll. While painting in the eye, the golf pro stated that he wished to “get back in the winner’s circle.” The two-time major championship winner saw his last win on the Tour back in 2021. He added that he hoped the doll gave him some good luck.

What did Adam Scott wish for with his doll?


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The 24-year-old Kaito Onishi, who plays on the Korn Ferry tour, too, had goals set for himself. He wanted to “finish on top” of his tour, but that wasn’t his only goal. “My ultimate goal is to really try to get my card for the next season,” he stated.

Aug 15, 2021; Greensboro, North Carolina, USA; Adam Scott putts on the ninth hole during the final round of the Wyndham Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

The PGA Tour veteran, Adam Scott, too wanted to grab a win on the tour. He said, while marking his doll’s eye, “My goal this year is to win on the PGA Tour and win a major championship.” It’s been over two years since Scott’s last tour win and nearly a decade since his first and last major win.


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Do you think the doll will help these players achieve their goals? And if so, will one of them win the soon-approaching Masters Tournament? Let us know in the comments below.



Sheldon Pereira

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Sheldon is a golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is a Business graduate from Christ University, with a degree in Finance and Accounting. He also has an experience as a Senior Audit Associate at an MNC, but his love for writing made him follow his dream and switch careers.

Edited By: Manaal Siddiqui