Justin Thomas has won over 10 PGA Tour events, and he's only 27, but there's a lot more to his life than playing professional golf.
For many fans of golf, Justin Thomas is the most exciting young player to come along since Tiger Woods burst on the scene and transformed the sport. Justin won his first tournament at 22 and has been the man to watch ever since.
Golf is part of the young and brilliant Justin's legacy. Both his father and grandfather were professional golf players, making him the third generation to tee up.
Justin Thomas during the final round of the Mayakoba Golf Classic at El Camaleón Golf Club in December 2020 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico | Source: Getty Images
THE FAMILY BUSINESS
Justin is a Kentucky native. His father, Mike Thomas, was a professional golfer, as was his grandfather, Paul Thomas, who competed in the 1962 U.S. Open and once played with the iconic Arnold Palmer.
The genes and all those years watching and playing the family sport paid off, and at the age of 16, he was competing in the Wyndham Championship on the PGA Tour even though he was a junior in high school.
TODDLER IN GOLF
It might be fair to say that if anyone is to "blame," it is Justin's father, Mike, who worked as a pro in a golf club. Mike had his son out on the course and teeing up at the age of two.
The talented teen quickly made his mark alongside the pros. Justin attended college at the University of Alabama, where he won six victories for the team and the Haskins Award as the most promising college golfer.
Justin’s mom, Jani is her son's biggest fan and often travels from tournament to tournament to watch him play.
After winning10 PGA Tour events before his 27th birthday, Justin joins an illustrious group of world-class golfers, Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Rory McIlroy, and Jordan Spieth.
LOVE AND GOLF
Justin is notoriously low-key, but it is known that he has been dating pretty journalism major Jillian Wisniewski for the last four years. The golfer occasionally shares snaps of himself and Jillian, and he is clearly very much in love.
The couple has moved in together in Jupiter, Florida, and have acquired an adorable furbaby called Franklin. Franklin is a cute black and white labradoodle puppy and a star on Justin's Instagram.
Justin may be a golf superstar, but he is very close to his family. He has shared celebratory posts for his grandmother's birthday and frequently features snaps with his parents on his Instagram.
Justin’s mom, Jani, is her son's biggest fan and often travels from tournament to tournament to watch him play. On February 9, 2020, Justin posted a special message to his mother and girlfriend, who apparently share a birthday.
LOVE AND MARRIAGE
After four years together, fans are eagerly awaiting the announcement that Justin's popped the question to the beautiful Jillian. After all, he's got to start working on that fourth generation of champion golfers.
Justin has revealed that he relies on Jillian's love and support to help him through the stress and high pressure of masterclass golf. Jillian is used to pressure as she is an executive at the top ad agency McGarry Bowen.
GOLF AND COVID-19
Just like every other sport, golf has been affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In order to prevent contagion, social distancing regulations are enforced on the course, and no audiences are permitted.
Nevertheless, Justin has revealed that he can't wait to be back on the courses in April, competing for the Master's Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Course. It promises to be quite a show.