Justin Thomas, little change and big difference


Justin Thomas, little change and big difference
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For the 9th time this year, Justin Thomas carded a round in the 60s on Friday at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in Phoenix, Arizona. A 65 brings him within four shots of the lead, tied for 5th place alongside the world number 1, Scottie Scheffler, made possible by a putter change between rounds.

Rain from the previous day and morning frost continue to disrupt the smooth progress of the Phoenix Open.

Justin Thomas, results

Few players have managed to complete the 36 holes, but the double Major winner, Justin Thomas, is one of them.

He achieved it with barely a 20-minute break between the end of his first round and the start of the second. A brief intermission that nevertheless gave him enough time to make a significant equipment adjustment, as he explained in the mixed zone after signing a 65, provisionally the best score of the round.

A Familiar Feel Justin Thomas decided to switch putters, moving from the 2024 model of the Phantom Scotty Cameron to the putter with which he has won the majority of his victories over the past eight years and which has a nearly identical head shape.

"In fact, I used a very similar style, but still a bit different after my switch between rounds," said Thomas. "I used the putter that has been in my bag for a long time and with which I have had a lot of success. The one I used this morning was the new model." A Detail Noted by JT's Caddie and Father A decision resulting from an observation by his caddie, Jim "Bones" Mackay, and his father, Mike Thomas, who noticed that JT had his hands slightly behind the ball at address.

On Friday, JT only conceded one bogey for seven birdies, placing him in a very provisional 5th place at -8. Indeed, 28 groups had not yet finished their second round, and 10 pairs had not even teed off when play was stopped by organizers due to darkness.

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