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Justin Thomas at The Masters

Alabama grad and No. 2 golfer in the world aiming for his first green jacket

Augusta -- Alabama grad and the No. 2 golfer in the world Justin Thomas is aiming for his first win at The Masters.

Just like the football team, Thomas has gotten pretty good at winning. In 2017, he was named the PGA Tour Player of the Year after winning five tournaments including his first major at the PGA Championship.

 "Not getting questions on a day like today, 'When do you feel like you're going to get your first Major, or do you feel like you're one of the best players without a Major?'" Thomas said. "I was glad to get that over with as quick as I could."

At 24 years old, Thomas will be playing in his third Masters and he's learned an important lesson during the past two years.

"Just try not to win so much. I think I tried too hard for awhile," Thomas said. "I was pressing too hard. I was trying to make things happen early. Patience. If nothing good is happening just wait for something good to happen."

The old rivalry of Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods is alive once again, but the next two rivals might just be Thomas and the other 24 year old: Jordan Spieth.

"They both have done so much for the younger generation," Spieth said. "Their influence in the game and our wanting to be like them when we grew up."

Thomas tees off at 10:53 a.m. on Thursday with last year's champion Sergio Garcia while Spieth starts at 1:49 p.m.


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