Justin Thomas surges into contention

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Golf is tough. Golf on the Masters is tougher. Justin Thomas was reminded in a chilly, unforgiving manner Thursday when he merely couldn’t get centered throughout a gap spherical of 4-over 76.

“That was far and away the most pissed off I’ve been after a round in a really, really long time,” he stated Friday.

“I couldn’t get into the round. I just couldn’t get into the moment, which is sad and a bummer on the first round of the Masters.”

No kidding. But if nothing else, in Round 2 Thomas was hellbent on doing one thing about it. Instead of surrendering on a tricky, windblown Friday, he fought again with a 5-under 67 to match chief Scottie Scheffler for one of the best spherical of the day.

Thomas’ thoughts was clear for the rematch with Augusta National, partly, as a result of he didn’t trouble consuming any commentary on his brutal begin.

“I try to avoid it usually anyway,” Thomas stated. “They’ve got to talk about something. They’re just going to keep talking and talking, and eventually something is probably going to get brought up that either is wrong or I disagree with or I don’t really want to hear.”

Justin Thomas
Justin Thomas

Thomas stated that his fiancée, Jill, requested if he needed to speak about what went mistaken, and that he initially requested her for a while alone.

“I played fetch with my dog for like 45 minutes, and Jill was out there with me,” Thomas stated. “I just kind of sulked and pissed and moaned for about 30 minutes and had some dinner and went to bed.”

Why on this planet wouldn’t a participant as completed as Thomas — winner of 14 PGA tour occasions and the 2017 PGA Championship — discover a option to get locked into his opening spherical on the sport’s most prestigious main?

“It’s weird, man,” he stated Friday. “I couldn’t get focused. I couldn’t get in the moment. I couldn’t get present. All I could think about was anything other than what I was doing. It sucks when you are playing a place like this because you can’t do that.“You’re just looking to see what other people are doing. You’re looking at the leaderboards. You are looking a couple of holes over. You’re thinking about, ‘Why did I screw up two holes ago?’ instead of just focus on what you are doing like I did today.”

Thomas made up for lost time within the second spherical and completed the day at 1-under for the match, seven pictures behind Scheffler.

“I played beautifully,” he stated.

Thomas might want to try this one other two occasions to win his first inexperienced jacket.

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