Justin Thomas At 3-over in U.S. Open After Tough Break on Saturday
Former Alabama golfer Justin Thomas was looking to make a statement to start the weekend at the U.S. Open in Brookline, Massachusetts. Unfortunately, his day at The Country Club began heading in the wrong direction before he even teed off.
Shortly before noon central time, as Thomas was set to open his third round of the tournament after a 2-over Friday, his name was announced as "Justin Thompson." This dubious mistake occurred despite Thomas being among the world's most elite golfers and the winner of the most recent major, the PGA Championship. In addition to that, the eyes of the sports world have been on him and his fellow PGA players in the wake of the highly publicized LIV Golf event.
Thomas almost certainly wishes the announcing gaffe had been the only negative to write home about when it comes to his third round. Alas, owing to his own honesty and plain bad luck, that wasn't so.
On the par-4 fourth, his tee shot wound up uncomfortably situated next to a storm drain. With the ball mere inches from the drain, he requested relief from an official, but said he wasn't going to hit the drain and so his request fell on deaf ears.
Thomas's ensuing shot made its way into a bunker and the visibly irate Tide alum let his caddie in on his candid feelings on the matter.
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"That's what (expletive) me off because so many people would lie about being able to hit that, but it's just like, 'I'm not gonna hit [the drain]. That's (expletive) (expletive), man."
He wound up bogeying the hole and carding a third-round 72 to bring him to 3-over for the tournament. Thomas entered Saturday at 1-over. He will enter Sunday tied for 25th and eight shots off the lead.
Suffice it to say that Saturday's result on hole four was not what the world No. 5 was hoping for. He will tee off at 11:17 a.m. on Sunday for the final round of the U.S. Open.