Justin Thomas is rated eighth in the world heading into the Valspar Championship, which does not sit well with the former world No. 1.
“To be quite honest, where I am in the global ranking irritates me,” Thomas stated on Wednesday. “However, that just goes to demonstrate the caliber of golf being played.”
Thomas was ranked second in the world after winning the 2021 Players Championship, but he didn’t finish in the top ten on the PGA Tour between that victory and a T-4 at The Northern Trust a little more than five months later.
Thomas has rediscovered his form, finishing in the top ten in seven of his past 11 starts across the world. Despite this, he dropped from fifth to eighth place in the global rankings at that time, and he understands why.
“From other areas of my career, I certainly haven’t won very many golf events in the last two years, year and a half,” Thomas remarked. “But I’ve played some pretty excellent golf, and if you’re not winning events right now, you’re getting lapped, and that’s just the way it is.”
There is no substitute for success, and each of the seven players ahead of Thomas has won more recently than Thomas, who has won 14 times on the PGA Tour.
Thomas aspires to return to the top of the global rankings and believes his game is on the right track.
“I’m really happy with my game,” Thomas stated. “It feels like it’s really close to where I want it to be.” “I think I’m on my way to having a nice run here.”