Reality, however, is that Thomas would not be able to overcome top professionals on the final day of the tournament. After back-to-back days of hitting greens and making birdies, Thomas ran into some problems on Sunday.
Making par (or better) when hitting greens is a much easier proposition than trying to save from out of sand traps.
Although Thomas did a good job from the traps, it is a different game. On Friday and Saturday, when he had a pair of 4-under-par 66s, Thomas hit 12 of 18 greens. On Sunday that number fell to 9 of 18, and his score of 3-over-par 73 was the result. He had 13 birdies over Friday and Saturday, and was four strokes off the lead and tied for 14th going to the final round. On Sunday he had two birdies and five bogeys.
Still, Thomas has nothing to be ashamed of. He finished 3-under-par at 277 (72-66-66-73) and tied for 30th. Many established professional players were behind him.
This was the third professional tournament for Thomas, who received a sponsor's exemption for the event, and it was his best showing on the PGA. At the 2009 Wyndham Championship he tied for 78th and in the 2012 Greenbrier Championship he tired for 46th.
After taking the next two weeks off, Thomas has four other tournament appearances scheduled. Selection to the Walker Cup team is a coveted goal he hopes to achieve. The event pitting an amateur team from the United States against one from Great Britain/Ireland will be held September 6-8 at the National Golf Links of America located in Southampton, New York.
Veteran Alabama golfer Dicky Pride completed the tournament with a four-day total of 281 (67-71-72-71). Four birdies were trumped by five bogeys for a fourth round score of one over par. He finished tied for 63rd with five other players, dropping four spots from 59 after three rounds.
'BAMA Magazine/BamaMag.com spoke with the heralded amateur Justin Thomas.