Justin Thomas’ Major Flops Continue With Missed-Cut at PGA Championship

Justin Thomas and Brooks Koepka
Justin Thomas and Brooks Koepka on the 6th green during the second round of the 2021 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island Resort's Ocean Course on May 21, 2021 in Kiawah Island, SC. (Photo by Gregory Shamus via Getty Images)

Since the 2017 golf season, nobody has won more trophies than Justin Thomas. The 28-year old has claimed victory 13 times over the past four-plus seasons.

Yet only one of those 13 titles was a major (PGA) which occurred way back in that 2017 season. Aside from the Players Championship, the other dozen titles were mostly meaningless tournaments that fill the calendar between majors – events with names that include automobiles and insurance companies, among others.

Over that time Thomas has never fallen outside the world top 10, and most of that time he’s been ranked as one of the top-3 in the world. In other words, he’s been one of the most consistently great players.

Yet, after shooting rounds of 75 and 75 to finish 6-over par, Thomas was sent packing from the PGA Championship. Since that PGA win at Quail Hollow in 2017, Thomas has teed it up in 12 majors and has not come close to winning a second major. In fact he has as many missed-cuts (3) as top 10s (3).

The 2021 major season for the world No. 2 is now T21 (Masters), MC (PGA). Not good enough for golf’s most prolific winner.

Since his rookie season on the PGA Tour (2014-15), Thomas has entered 21 majors and owns just two (2) top-5 finishes – a less than 10% rate.

Even more troubling, since 2018, Thomas has entered 11 majors with a world ranking inside the top-5, nine of those inside the world top-3. In those 11 starts as a world top-5 player, JT has posted a single top-5 (4th at the 2020 Masters where he was never in contention on Sunday).

For his career in majors, Thomas outperformed his world ranking only three times: 2015 PGA (No.83/T18), 2017 PGA (No.14/1st), 2017 U.S. Open (No.13/T9).

JT’s major record looks especially terrible when compared to Brooks Koepka, who’s essentially become the anti JT – thrives on the big stage, medicore on the PGA Tour.

Here’s a look at Thomas’ performance in his first seven seasons on tour. We placed his world ranking in parenthesis – where he ranked entering that particular major.

Justin Thomas in the Majors


Year: Finish (World Rank)
2016: T39 (No.33)
2017: T22 (No.8)
2018: T17 (No.2)
2019: T12 (No.5)
2020: 4th (No.3)
2021: T21 (No.2)

PGA Championship

Year: Finish (World Rank)
2015: T18 (No.83)
2016: T66 (No.33)
2017: 1st (No.14)
2018: T6 (No.2)
2019: INJ (No.5)
2020: T37 (No.1)
2021: CUT (No.2)

U.S. Open

Year: Finish (World Rank)
2016: T32 (No.36)
2017: T9 (No.13)
2018: T25 (No.1)
2019: CUT (No.7)
2020: T8 (No.3)

British Open

Year: Finish (World Rank)
2016: T53 (No.39)
2017: CUT (No.12)
2018: CUT (No.2)
2019: T11 (No.9)
2020: No Tournament


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