On April 29, world number two golfer Justin Thomas turned 28 with an exciting opening match at the Valspar Championship – the PGA Tour event in Florida.
Thomas eagle on the opening hole, 560 yards long – par5 1 hole, Innisbrook par71.
Here, he played 326 yards onto the right side of the fairway, went green on the second, about 3.6 meters from the hole and from there a putt finished.
Hole 2 par4, he “2 on a putt” to latch the birdie. After the par streak in the next three holes, Thomas scored his first bogey in the scoreboard. This hole, he lost two putt even 1.7 meters away. To the 8 par3 hole, 235 yards long, the player born in 1993 was a birdie again after a shot with the number 5 iron and the ball stopped less than two hands from the hole.
In the remaining 10 holes, he added two bogeys and locked the ring with a birdie of hole 18, more than four meters away. But even after this long-range closing phase, he ranked 146th in terms of efficiency while the list of competitions includes 156 players.
And in the second half of the field, Thomas three times failed to putt his top close – 2.4 meters away so bogey in holes 13 and 15, 0.6 meters away from birdie holes 14.
However, Thomas somewhat comforted his birthday because he had just finished the round of less than 70 strokes in the last six events. In March, he won The Players Championship – the 14th title at the PGA Tour, including the 2017 major PGA Championship.
Pinning was ineffective on the first day of the Valspar Championship, but Thomas was confident about it. “The only shot was really bad in hole 14 because I hit the ball too hard. Overall a lot of putts today are fine, but I don’t understand why they didn’t come in. I should have scored at least -4 this round,” Thomas evaluate individual performance.
With a score of -2, Thomas stood at T28, five strokes away from Keegan Bradley at the top of the table (score -7). Two strokes behind Bradley is T2 including five players and seven people behind this position in T7 (score -4). Prize fund reached 6.9 million USD. Last year, the event was canceled because of Covid-19, so Paul Casey is still the defending champion, after being crowned at -8, earning $ 1,206 million. End of 18 holes this year, he stood T14 (-3).
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