PGA's Justin Thomas Wins 1st Tournament Since Anti-Gay Slur Incident
Two months after muttering an anti-gay slur on the golf course … Justin Thomas was back holding up a trophy — winning the Players Championship on Sunday at TPC Sawgrass.
The 27-year-old lost several major sponsors — including Ralph Lauren — back in January after television mics caught him using the f-word during a round at the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.
Thomas had missed a 5-foot putt … and, as he kicked the ensuing shot into the hole, he said “f*****” under his breath.
Thomas later called the incident “inexcusable” and apologized … saying, “It’s terrible. I’m extremely embarrassed. It’s not who I am; it’s not the kind of person that I am or anything that I do.”
A few weeks later in February, Justin lost his grandpa, who died at 89 years old … and then also nearly lost his good pal, Tiger Woods, in a terrifying car crash just weeks after that.
Thomas — who had intended to enter a “training program” to learn from the anti-gay slur incident — said all of it had tested him “mentally, physically, emotionally.”
But, Thomas finally put everything behind him this weekend … and used a monster 4th-round Sunday to hold off stars like Lee Westwood and Bryson DeChambeau to earn the PGA Tour win.
“It’s been a crappy couple of months,” Thomas said Sunday. “I’ve had stuff happen in my life I never thought I’d have happen.”
Thomas added, “I kept telling everyone on my team or my family I’m ready for something good to happen this year.”
“It’s been a pretty bad year and a lot of bad things have happened, but that’s life. I’d say this qualifies as something good.”
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