Former World Number One, Justin Thomas’, win yesterday in the opening event of the 2020 golfing year, the Sentry Tournament of Champions, continued what has been a remarkable run of consistency in tournament golf over the past three years for the still only 26-year old.
Thomas moved inside the world top ten for the first time in January of 2017 after his win at the Sony Open in Hawaii, which had come on top of success in this event the week before, and only briefly left that group for three months before winning the PGA Championship in August of that year and has remained entrenched amongst the elite of the game since.
His playoff victory over Xander Schauffele and Patrick Reed at Kapalua on Sunday was his 12th on the PGA Tour, all but two of them coming in the three years since joining the top ten with this week’s victory coming on top of six top tens in his previous nine starts.
He has moved back to #4 in the world ranking and given his remarkable consistency it appears the position as the leading ranked player in the world, which he held for a month in 2018, is certainly within reach.
Thomas has been regularly mentioned in the same breath as Brooks Koepka and Jordan Spieth as the new breed of Americans most likely to rise to the top of the world rankings.
While all three have held that mantle at various stages, that current # 1, Koepka, is overcoming injury at present and Spieth has slipped to 44th in the world, the door is open for Thomas to win again in Honolulu and move closer to Koepka.
If he was to do so and eventually move back to number one it would be just reward for a remarkable run of consistency, perhaps at times unheralded, for Thomas who first joined the PGA Tour in 2015.