Professional golf is a study in enjoying the process and not focusing on the end results. However, getting ingratiated in the process should always be leading to something, which is why at the end of a successful season on the PGA Tour, the top players typically are asked about their goals for the season and how they fared in achieving them.
Following Justin Thomas’ incredible 2016-17 season that culminated with him wrapping up the season-long FedEx Cup, Thomas shared what he was trying to work on this season. Impressively, he nearly ticked off every goal he had set for himself.
It all starts with writing them down.@JustinThomas34 gets it.
Screenshot and share your golf goals for the 2017-18 season. pic.twitter.com/OMp9MBJ29A
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) September 25, 2017
Rex Hoggard of GolfChannel.com chronicled Thomas’ goal debrief following the Tour Championship.
When Justin Thomas sat down and penned his goals for the 2016-17 season into his cell phone they were admittedly aggressive.
Among the list of things he wanted to accomplish: win at least once. Be in the final two groups of a major on Sunday. Win a major. Make the Presidents Cup. And on it went.
Following his runner-up finish on Sunday at the Tour Championship, which assured his victory in the season-long FedExCup race, it become clear he may have set his goals too low.
“Top 10 in half my starts, which I missed by one I realized,” he said Sunday as he read the list from his phone.
Thomas finished the year with five victories, including the PGA Championship, shot a 59 at the Sony Open, led the PGA Tour in earnings, finished in the top 10 in 12 of his 25 starts and improved in nearly every major statistical category.
So, what’s the plan for next season, which begins in 10 days?
“It’s going to be really hard, it is,” he admitted. “I’m going to try to spend a lot of time with Tiger [Woods] and then definitely call and talk to Jordan [Spieth] because they’re the two people I’m closest to that have done something close to this and they’ve both achieved way more than this.”
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