‘Doesn’t Change Anything’ – Justin Thomas After Surpassing Bryson DeChambeau in the FedExCup Standings

Published 05/03/2021, 2:00 PM EDT
Golf – The Masters – Augusta National Golf Club – Augusta, Georgia, U.S. – April 11, 2021 Justin Thomas of the U.S. reacts after holing his birdie putt on the 2nd hole during the final round REUTERS/Mike Segar


The Valspar Championship took center stage last week and concluded in grand fashion. Sam Burns played solid golf and won the first PGA Tour title of his career. Justin Thomas went 7-under for the tournament and finished tied for 13th place. But the Top 20 finish also helped Thomas scale the top spot in the FedExCup standings. 

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Justin Thomas has had a pretty good season so far. He came into the Valspar Championship trailing Bryson DeChambeau in the FedExCup standings, and successfully overtook the 2020 U.S. Open champion with a strong finish at Innisbrook Resort. 

The FedExCup lead was never on Thomas’ mind when he was competing at the Copperhead Course. The World No. 2 was playing to win the title but fell short. However, he is now leading the FedExCup standings which can be deemed as a consolatory prize for his effort. 

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Justin Thomas not too celebratory about leading FedExCup Standings

Bryson DeChambeau had been comfortably leading FedExCup standings for quite a few weeks. The 2021 Arnold Palmer Invitational winner has not been in good form recently, and his #1 spot was always under threat. 

While Thomas did not achieve a Top 5 finish at the 2021 Valspar Championship, his consistent run of form has subtly been contributed to his FedExCup tally. Hence, a 13th place tie was enough for him to overtake DeChambeau and here’s how Thomas reacted to it: 

“I would much rather take it over at the end of the year. I’ve fortunately been in this position before. It’s doesn’t change anything, I’m not trying to play any differently.”

Apr 30, 2021; Palm Harbor, Florida, USA; Justin Thomas tees off on the 6th hole during the second round of the Valspar Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

“I’m still behind D.J. for No. 1 in the world and that’s what I’m chasing down right now. But I’m really, I’m playing some really good golf and I’m really, really close to, I feel like, getting it going here pretty good. So, yeah, it’s a good kind of bonus for a so-so week,” Justin Thomas mentioned. 

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Justin Thomas has currently accumulated 1,607 FedExCup points in 13 events this season. He’s five Top 10 finishes and one victory on the tour. Can Thomas hold on to this spot till the end of the year?

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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