When a 16-Year-Old Justin Thomas Went Up Against the Pros and Proved His Mettle

Published 08/14/2021, 6:15 PM EDT
Golf – The Masters – Augusta National Golf Club – Augusta, Georgia, U.S. – April 10, 2021 Justin Thomas of the U.S. acknowledges the crowd after holing his birdie putt on the 3rd green during the third round REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst


Justin Thomas is one of the top players on the PGA Tour. He became a pro in 2012 at the age of 20, and since then, he has been playing some exceptional golf. Just like his dad, who was also a golfer, Justin had an interest and natural abilities to play golf and has been playing exceptionally well since his childhood days.  

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Justin has won a total of 14 PGA Tour wins so far in his career. He has even won a major event, the PGA Championship, in 2017. Moreover, Justin’s talent and abilities were visible since his amateur days, and he’s proved it right.

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When a 16-year-old Justin Thomas competed at Wyndham Championship in 2009

Mar 24, 2021; Austin, Texas, USA; Justin Thomas tees off during the first day of the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play golf tournament at Austin Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports

Recently, the PGA Tour shared a post about Justin Thomas’ debut at Wyndham Championship in 2009. At the age of 16, Justin Thomas was already competing with the pros. He got an opportunity to play as an amateur at the Wyndham Championship in 2009. Moreover, Thomas also became the third-youngest player to make the cut on the PGA Tour. 

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The 16-year-old amateur was six under par and was just two off the lead during a moment. With that, Justin had already made a name for himself. He had a bogey-free first round as he finished with a score of 65 and remained -5 for the day. But unfortunately, he had a disappointing round two as he finished two over par for the day and finished with a 36-hole score of score of -3.

Moreover, Thomas had his father caddying and his mother walking every hole outside the gallery ropes. Justin gained significant leaderboard positions against players who were two to three times his age. The natural free-flowing swing and follow-through caught the attention of all the fans and attracted a few eyeballs towards him. 

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However, due to a poor round two and three, Justin Thomas missed the third-round cut. But still, a young 16-year-old boy competing at the highest level against top players is commendable. 

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Amey Kulkarni

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Amey Kulkarni is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in mass media. Before joining EssentiallySports he used to write articles on Golf and Cricket on his personal blog cricgolf.

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