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Justin Thomas: The match is going “in the right direction” despite a missed cut


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Justin Thomas has missed the cut in two of his last three events, but the two-time major champion remains optimistic about his match ahead of the Valspar Championship this week in Palm Harbor, Florida.

Thomas, 30, started the season well, finishing in the top 12 in his first three events, including a tied third at the American Express in La Quinta, California. He then failed to qualify for the Genesis Invitational, tying for 12th. at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and missed the cut again at the Players Championship last week.

“My game continues…to go in the right direction,” Thomas said Tuesday in front of the Valspar at the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort. “Obviously the missed cut last week was far from what I was looking for, but I don’t really look into it too much.

“It was just one of those weeks where I had a few putts here and there, just one or two bad swings every day, which took away, I feel like, a majority of really good golf throughout. round. But it’s It’s also a bit of a funky place. You can have bounces and pauses and lies and everything else, and it was just one of those years. So, yeah, I I had a weekend without golf because of that.”

Thomas has struggled with the putter this year, as he ranks 149th on the PGA Tour in putting strokes gained.

“I think at the start of the year, things can be quite asymmetrical, I would say,” Thomas said. “Also, my first two events of the season were events where Shot Link wasn’t even there, just because of the different golf courses. So I had my first one at Palm Springs and Torrey Pines, I didn’t Didn’t ride well on Sunday or Saturday, anyway, but so I have five pretty good laps that were completely removed from the stats.

“I think most of the time stats can be useful, but I’m starting to realize that they can just be a little skewed here and there, especially early in the season.”

He can still do better on the greens, Thomas admitted.

“At the end of the day, I would love to and I know I need to make more putts, but I feel like I see things going in the right direction and I just want this hole to start looking like a bucket one these days.” said Thomas, who tied for 10th at last year’s Valspar Championship.

–Field level media


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