Justin Thomas plays final round of Waste Management Phoenix Open after learning of his grandfather’s death
Justin Thomas didn’t leave TPC Scottsdale on Sunday with a victory. His closing 1-over 72 left him six back of Phoenix Open winner Brooks Koepka. But it didn’t matter; Thomas’ mind and heart were elsewhere. Thomas started the day at TPC Scottsdale at 14 under in a tie for fifth. His round got off to a slow start with pars on the first five holes before a costly double-bogey 6 on the sixth made a comeback all but impossible. It wasn’t an entirely lost day, Thomas making this impressive putt for eagle on the 17th hole. He would finish the round shooting a one-over 72 to come in T-13, six back of Koepka. After making par on the par-4 18th, a hole after he drained a 50-footer for eagle, Mike Thomas put his arm around his son as they walked to scoring.
“Heaven got a good one yesterday. Wish you were still here to tell me how many putts I missed on days like yesterday! Nobody’s voice would make me happier when I would hear it over the phone. Will love and miss you, G Pa. ❤️”
Paul Thomas left school at age 17 to become a golf professional after being a caddy in his youth in Cincinnati. He
tried to play on the PGA Tour in the mid-1950s but didn’t have much success, so he moved back to Cincinnati to work as a club professional. He would take over the head professional post at Zanesville Country Club, about 50 miles east of Columbus, in 1963 and would work there for 26 years.
Paul, who twice played in the PGA Championship (1960 and 1961) and also competed in the 1962 U.S. Open at Oakmont, would pass his love of the game down to his son, Mike Thomas, Justin’s father, who also became a club professional in Kentucky. That passion then reached Justin as well.
Paul Thomas passed his passion for golf down to his son, Mike, and his grandson, 13-time PGA Tour winner Justin.