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Is Justin Thomas finally emerging from Jordan Spieth’s shadow?

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth will always be linked throughout their careers but Thomas is finally emerging from Spieth's shadow.

Justin Thomas won the Honda Classsic at the PGA National in Florida to secure his seventh title in his last 32 starts.

Thomas beat Luke List in a playoff and with it, moved ahead of his close friend Jordan Spieth in the rankings for the very first time.

It was his eight win on total meaning he becomes just the third player in history to reach that figure before the age of 25. Joining Tiger Woods and of course, Spieth.

He sits behind just Jon Rahm and Dustin Johnson in the rankings but there is a real argument that Thomas is playing better golf than anybody on the planet right now.

With those seven wins he has picked up a major at last year’s PGA Championship as well as a playoff victory on his way to securing the FedEx Cup.

Current world number one Dustin Johnson has one less victory than Thomas in the same amount of tournaments, with Jon Rahm managing four.

Thomas has always been in Spieth’s shadow. The pair grew up playing together and there has always been comparisons made between the two.

Spieth was the first to win a PGA Tour event. The first to win a major. The first to win the FedEx Cup as well as many other things. But Thomas seems to be emerging from that shadow and cementing his place as one of the best players in the game.

JUstin THomas Jordan Spieth
Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth have played together since they were teenagers

The pair are always going to be linked together throughout the entirety of their careers, but Thomas is finally starting to make a name for himself, and not just as Jordan Spieth’s childhood friend.

If Jon Rahm is outside of the top 48 in Mexico this week, Thomas will move up to two in the rankings and he is closing in on the top spot.

Thomas has made it clear that his goal is to be the best player on the planet. He was asked whether jumping Spieth was enough.

“Not really, because there are still two more spots that I want to climb,” Thomas said.

“I think it would be ludicrous to not be (my) goal.

“I think it’s pretty well known that any golfer wants to be No.1.”

We are edging towards the Masters and it would be no shock if Thomas is putting on that green jacket after picking up his second consecutive major.

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1 comment on “Is Justin Thomas finally emerging from Jordan Spieth’s shadow?

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