Thomas doesn't back down from Ryder Cup comments

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KAPALUA, Hawaii – Earlier this week, Justin Thomas said that he’d rather play on a winning U.S. Ryder Cup team than win a major this year.

“Winning Ryder Cup team, hands down,” Thomas said Tuesday on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive. The comment was met with some skepticism.

Thomas shot 3-under 70 Thursday at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and is tied for 12th place. Afterward, he was asked if he wanted to clarify his comments.

“Absolutely not,” he said. “I think the big thing that a lot of people are looking into it is, they’re looking at it as a career and not this year. If it was a career, obviously that changes things. But it’s this year and I still stick with what I said, because I feel like if I make the Ryder Cup team, and I had a really good or great year, and at least winning one more time, if not a couple more times. So I stick with that.

“But, obviously, the main goal is to do both, but that wasn’t an option in the question. So I just got to work to be able to do both.”