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Justin Thomas gets into a fight

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Golf is tough. Golf at the Masters is more difficult. Justin Thomas was coldly, unforgivingly reminded of Thursday when he just couldn’t concentrate during an opening round of 4-over-76.

“It was by far the sourest thing I’ve had after a lap in a really, really long time,” he said on Friday.

“I didn’t get around. I just couldn’t get into the moment, which is sad and a shame for the first round of the Masters.”

In earnest. But last but not least, in Round 2, Thomas was determined to do something about it. Rather than surrender on a tough, windy Friday, he fought back with a 5-under-67 to beat points leader Scottie Scheffler for the best lap of the day.

Thomas’ head was clear for the rematch with Augusta National, in part because he didn’t bother to comment on his brutal start.

“I usually try to avoid it anyway,” Thomas said. “You have to talk about something. They’re just going to keep talking and talking, and eventually something will probably come up that’s either wrong or I don’t agree with or don’t really want to hear.”

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Thomas said his fiancee Jill asked him if he wanted to talk about what went wrong and that he initially asked her for some alone time.

“I played fetch with my dog ​​for about 45 minutes, and Jill was out there with me,” Thomas said. “I just sulked, pissed, and moaned for about 30 minutes, then had some dinner and went to sleep.”

Why on earth wouldn’t a player as accomplished as Thomas – winner of 14 PGA Tour events and the 2017 PGA Championship – find a way to break into his opening round at the sport’s most prestigious major?

“It’s weird, man,” he said Friday. “I could not concentrate me. I couldn’t come at the moment. I couldn’t be there. All I could think about was something other than what I was doing. It sucks when you play a place like this because you can’t. “You’re just looking at what other people are doing. You look at the leaderboards. You look a few holes further. You think about it, “Why did I screw up two holes ago?” Instead of just focusing on what you are doing like I did today.

Thomas made up for lost time in the second round to finish the day 1-under for the tournament, seven strokes behind Scheffler.

“I played wonderfully,” he said.

Thomas has to do this twice more to win his first green jacket.

https://nypost.com/2022/04/09/masters-2022-justin-thomas-surges-into-contention/ Justin Thomas gets into a fight

JOE HERNANDEZ

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