The son and grandson of golf pros, 25-year-old Justin Thomas forged his well-rounded game on the crisp-greened, 500-acre Valhalla Golf Club, located in his native Louisville, KY.
Thomas graduated to wunderkind status before he was out of adolescence. By his junior year of high school, Thomas was already making the cut at professional tournaments. In 2012, as a college freshman, he won men's collegiate golf’s highest award. And in 2017 he had a breakout year on the Tour, winning four events and topping off the season with a first place finish at the PGA Championship, his first win at a major. Soon after, he was named the Tour’s Player of the Year.
So, in spite of his young age, Thomas has navigated a vast array of golf courses, including many of the world’s most renowned 18s. He knows what he likes in a golf course. “I love golf course architecture,” Thomas enthuses. “I really respect and like courses that make you look and think a little bit."
Courses that call for imagination and problem-solving tend to appeal to him most.