AUSTIN, Texas – Of everything that Justin Thomas has accomplished this season, a heady list of highlights that includes three victories and five top-10 finishes, it was his play at last month’s WGC-Mexico Championship that truly inspired him.
Thomas admits he didn’t have his best stuff in Mexico, particularly on Sunday when he finished with a 1-over 72 to tie for fifth, but it was what he learned about himself that was important.
“I was honestly really, really proud of Mexico, just because I really played well. I think Friday I really played well. But Thursday, Saturday and Sunday I really didn't have very much,” he said on Tuesday at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. “I had my C-game, B-minus-game. And that was the first time I had contended in a big event with not even close to my best game.”
Thomas played his opening nine on Sunday in Mexico City in 3 over, including a double bogey-5 at the seventh, but still managed to finish just three shots behind champion Dustin Johnson.
“I feel you can definitely learn from the positive and the negative weeks, of course, it's just a matter of what you take out of them,” said Thomas, who took last week off to work with his father, Mike, on his swing and was confident he was better prepared to contend this week.