Justin Thomas, the great absentee in Austin

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Justin Thomas, the great absentee in Austin
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In addition to the eleven banned from LIV Golf still present in the world top 75, Justin Thomas and Justin Rose have decided not to take part in the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play which begins this Wednesday, March 22 in Austin (Texas).

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He had more or less announced it. It is now official. Justin Thomas, tenth player in the world, will not travel to Austin (Texas) to play the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play (March 22-26). The American, the last winner of the PGA Championship, will not be the only one to ignore.

The Englishman Justin Rose, world No. 32, has also decided not to participate in this event, however richly endowed (20 million dollars) and which will no longer be on the calendar next season. Semi-finalist in 2018, Thomas had never made a quarter-final since.

This very surely explains his choice not to make the trip to Austin. Ditto or almost for Justin Rose. The recent winner of the AT&T Pebble-Beach Pro-Am never really shone in this tournament. If not in 2019 when he finished...

9th. Obviously, players who joined LIV Golf between 2022 and this year and are still in the top 64 in the world remain subject to their suspension from the PGA Tour. This is the case of Cameron Smith, world No. 5, but also Joaquin Niemann (26th), Abraham Ancer (30th), Thomas Pieters (42nd), Talor Gooch (49th), Mito Pereira (50th), Harold Varner III (51st), Dustin Johnson (62nd), Patrick Reed (65th), Dean Burmester (71st) and Jason Kokrak (74th).

To fill this gap, it was therefore necessary to go down to 77th in the world to finalize the field. And it was the American Justin Suh who drew the right number. His compatriot, Brendon Todd, 78th, is for the moment first reserve.

Justin Thomas was born and raised in Louisville Kentucky. His father, Mike Thomas, has been in the golf business for thirty-two years and has been a member of the American PGA for twenty-five years and his grandfather was a veteran of the PGA Tour and Senior PGA Tour.

Since his father has been the club pro at the Harmony Landing Country Club in Goshen, Kentucky since 1990, Justin starts playing very early, taking his first lessons at two years old and starting to participate in tournaments at eight.

He attended St. Xavier High School and, according to American laws, having attended the first year of high school (freshman), he can participate in the Wyndham Championship of the PGA Tour in 2009. Thomas graduated in 2011 and later attended the University of Alabama to Tuscaloosa, where he won the Crimson Tide six times and played on the national team. In 2012 he won the Haskins Award for best college golfer.

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