Justin Thomas Masters Golf 2023 Preview – Will he finally don the Green Jacket?

Justin Thomas Masters Golf 2023 Preview – Will he finally don the Green Jacket?

As one of the most electrifying golfers on earth and the PGA Tour, many sports fans have wondered how Justin Thomas will perform in this season’s first major—the Masters.

The 29-year-old has won for eight-straight years on tour but hasn’t tasted victory in 2023. He’ll attempt to make it nine in a row at Augusta National. 

This page will be updated with Thomas’ daily scores and stats throughout the tournament.

Odds on Thomas to Win

On numerous sportsbooks across global markets, Thomas’ Masters odds range from 18/1 to 22/1. 

Bookmakers label him, on average, as the fifth betting favorite to win the tournament behind Scottie Scheffler (7/1), Rory McIlroy (7/1), Jon Rahm (10/1) and Jordan Spieth (16/1).

When is Thomas’ tee time?

Thomas will tee off at 10:42 a.m. ET on Thursday and 1:48 p.m. ET Friday in group 14 alongside world-ranked No. 3 Jon Rahm and No. 14 Viktor Hovland.

Has Thomas Won the Masters?

The 15-time PGA Tour winner has yet to win at Augusta but has made 7-of-7 cuts, including six consecutive top-25s and two top 10s in the past three years.

In 2020, Thomas tied for fourth place (co-led after two rounds), securing his best result. He finished the competition at 12-under par, just two strokes behind the winner, Dustin Johnson, after shooting a final round of 68.

Thomas has a scoring average of 71.54 at the Masters (par 72) and has played 50% of his rounds under par. 

Justin Thomas Masters Record


Justin Thomas Masters 2022

In last year’s edition, Thomas ended his tournament T8 with Sungjae Im at 1-under par, nine strokes off Scheffler. 

The two-time major winner dug himself a hole during round one, shooting a 4-over, 76 with six bogeys. Thomas bounced back with a 67, preserving his cut streak and moving him into a tie for 10th heading into the weekend. He went on to finish with back-to-back even-par rounds on the weekend.

The tie for eighth earned him $450,000. Throughout his seven appearances at Augusta, Thomas has made $1,669,100.

Thomas’ form entering the tournament

The former No. 1 player in the world has had a slow start to this season. Thomas has earned six top 25s in seven starts but hasn’t contended on Sundays aside from the Waste Management Phoenix Open where he finished T4. 

The Alabama product did grab a top 10 at the Valspar Championship but played in a weak field. Although usually solid with the putter, it’s been his weakness this year as he ranks 147th in strokes gained: putting. 

“JT” ranks first on the PGA Tour in strokes gained around the green (.628) and in one-putts or better (solely in 2023). He also ranks second in approaches from 125-150 yards (19’ 4”).

It’s hard to count the Kentucky native out of any tournament due to his 13 wins since 2017. Last season, he won the 2022 PGA Championship at Southern Hills after a historic comeback (more in the following section). 

The year before, he won the Players Championship after defeating Lee Westwood by one stroke.

At major championships, Thomas has earned 12 Top 20s and missed only four cuts in 27 appearances as a professional.

A look at Thomas’ two major wins

Thomas’ two major wins came at the PGA Championship in 2017 and 2022.

2017 PGA Championship

Thomas captured the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Golf Club after posting rounds of 73, 66, 69 and 68 to finish at 8-under for the event (two shots ahead of Louis Oosthuizen, Patrick Reed and Francesco Molinari). 

The 19-time worldwide winner started the final round two back of Kevin Kisner but overcame the deficit after recording birdies at the 10th and 13th holes. A seven-foot birdie on No. 17 gave him a cushion as he parred the 18th to secure the win.

At 24, Thomas became the fourth golfer ever to win the PGA Championship before the age of 25. Only Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy had accomplished the feat before.

2022 PGA Championship

After posting back-to-back rounds of 67 during the first two rounds, Thomas sat three back of the leaders and appeared to have a chance at a second major championship victory.

A third round of 74 severely hindered Thomas’ opportunity and put him seven strokes behind leader Mito Pereira going into the final round.

On Sunday, Thomas was able to post a 3-under round of 67 including a birdie at the 17th (moved to 7-under) allowing him a possibility at the title. Pereira double-bogeyed the 18th hole leading to Thomas defeating Will Zalatoris in a three-hole aggregate playoff. 

The seven-stroke comeback victory by Thomas is tied for the largest ever in PGA Championship history alongside John Mahaffey (1978).

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