Justin Thomas opens up on poor form following controversy

Justin Thomas admitted that his dip in form is connected to the controversy he went through in January.

At the Sentry Tournament of Champions, Thomas missed a four-footer and cursed at himself using a derogatory word. Unfortunately for the American, the microphones picked up the homophobic slur and Thomas quickly found himself being hauled over the coals by social media.

After his heartfelt apology, Ralph Lauren was one of at least two sponsors that dropped Thomas off their books. In his four events since, he’s missed two cuts. For some perspective, the world number three missed just three cuts in 20 events last year.

“I’ve definitely been better,” admitted the 13-time PGA Tour winner ahead of this weeks’ Players Championship.

“At the same time, it’s an opportunity for me to try and grow and learn and get stronger because of it.

“I think it’s put a lot of things in perspective. Unfortunately, for my golf, it’s taken a toll on that a bit and I haven’t been playing as well as I’d like to. But I’ve been working, kinda tweaking things here and there, just tryna figure out what’s going on.

“But at the end of the day, I’m like an iPod Nano… I just keep shuffling.”

Thomas is set to tee off on Thursday at TPC Sawgrass alongside Norwegian Viktor Hovland and fellow countryman Patrick Cantlay.