Justin Thomas clearly has a strong desire to secure the FedEx Cup Playoffs. However, his even bigger wish is to be part of the Ryder Cup team. Justin wants to be part of the team that will perform in Rome this year. The atmosphere is already heated and many are impatiently waiting for this competition.
For both things, Thomas will have to show his quality, if he really wants to succeed. "I want to make the Ryder Cup team so bad," -Justin Thomas said, as quoted by golfmonthly.com "I mean, it's so important to me. I mean, I legitimately would rather make the Ryder Cup than the Playoffs, which is really, really messed up to say, but it's just the truth.
But because of that, I think that's why I played so poorly the last month and a half or two months. Like, I'm putting so much pressure on myself to play well, it's very similar to what happened to me in 2016. " Anyone who finds themselves in a situation where they have to fight for the playoffs and a place in their team is not going to find it easy.
There are few people who are able to cope with such pressure. "I felt like I started to try so hard at the end of the year when if I just would have kept doing what I was doing and trusted my ability and my talent, then it could have been good enough.
Hopefully I learn from my mistakes and play well tomorrow and just see what happens."
Justin Thomas: It's hard
Justin Thomas compared his fight for these two things to a fight for a trophy. In fact, Thomas believes that it is much more difficult to secure a playoff and secure a place on the team for the Ryder Cup.
"It's nerve wracking, but it's a different kind of nerves. I mean, it's a lot harder than trying to win a golf tournament in my opinion. I think when you're trying to win a tournament, you're there and if you don't win it's a bummer, but you still had a great week kind of thing.
If I just don't get it done for what I need to get done this week, then it sucks and my year's over. But, you know, fortunately for me, I've been in some tough situations before with Majors, trying to win tournaments and team events where I feel like I've had a lot of pressure on me.
Hopefully I'll be able to, you know, kind of use some of those past experiences for tomorrow if I'm feeling any of it."
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