A passion for golf runs deep in the Thomas family. Justin Thomas may be a top golfer, but he is not the only one with serious game.
Mike Thomas, Justin’s father, is a golf pro at a Kentucky course. Mike also has been involved with the PGA at a variety of levels including their attempts to help grow the sport. Justin’s grandfather, Paul Thomas, once played in the U.S. Open, and has competed in a variety of tournaments. Justin’s mother, Jani Thomas, loves watching Justin play so much she often travels to tournaments to be with her son.
Justin grew up on the golf course playing golf with his father and grandfather. Mike has admitted he tries to stay out of his son’s way, and is not always quick to offer advice.
“I’ll play four holes and I’ll be hitting it terrible. I’ll [say], ‘Hello, what am I doing?’” Justin told PGATour.com. “He’ll say, ‘You didn’t ask me.’ I’m like, ‘I thought you’d get the hint when I’m re-teeing on every hole.’”
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1. Justin’s Father, Mike, Is the Golf Pro at Harmony Landing in Kentucky
Mike admits that many of the members approach him wanting to hear stories about his son. Justin’s Alabama golf coach, Jay Seawell, has noted how much of an impact Mike has had on his son’s golf game.
“Mike gave him a … love of playing. He didn’t make him a lover of golf swings,” Seawell told PGATour.com. “Mike did a great job of making Justin love Nos. 1-18. He was always on the golf course, playing with his dad. I think the more you play, the more you value the score.”
2. His Mother, Jani, Gets Nervous Watching the Tournaments at Home & Often Travels With Justin
Justin’s mother has become his travel buddy. On a recent blog with Golf Digest, Justin noted his mother is not a big fan of watching the leaderboard at home.
“…She hates following on-line, so she travels with me a lot. She’ll even come to dinner with me and some of the other guys,” Justin wrote in Golf Digest.
Between his dad’s golf advice and his mom keeping him calm on the road, Justin’s parents help him perform at his best.
3. Justin’s Grandfather, Paul, Played in the U.S. Open & Was Once Paired With Arnold Palmer at a Champions Tour Event
There was a time when Justin’s grandfather, Paul, was the best golfer in the family. Justin may have that honor now, but his grandpa was quite the golfer in his prime. According to PGATour.com, he played in the 1962 U.S. Open, and placed 15th at the 1983 U.S. Senior Open.
Justin’s grandfather was modest when asked about his impact on Justin’s rise in golf.
“His dad nor I really pushed [Justin],” Paul told PGATour.com. “We more or less answered questions. I would say the most help I ever gave him was playing with him and talking to him. His dad is his only teacher, and that’s the way it should be.”
4. Justin Is Dating Jillian Wisniewski
Justin and Jillian have been seen at several public events including the 2017 Kentucky Derby. Justin posted the above photo while the couple was in Boston together.
A once single Justin admitted to Golf Digest that his status as a pro golfer has helped his dating life.
“Thomas says the increased attention he’s receiving from the ladies now that he’s playing for pay is at an 8 on a scale of 1-10. Although Thomas, 22, says he’s still single, he gives a grin and a ‘yeah’ when asked if ‘he’s doing well’,” Golf Digest writes.
5. Mike Has Been a Starter at the PGA Championship & Scorer at the Ryder Cup
In addition to his golf pro duties, Mike is connected to many different aspects of the sport. He served on the PGA of America’s national board from 2008 to 2010. Through this position, he has been a starter at the PGA Championship, and scorer at the Ryder Cup. According to PGATour.com, he also represented the PGA in Wales at the 2010 Ryder Cup.
Mike was also part of the PGA President’s Council on Growing the Game from 2007-2010. Despite his decorated history within the sport, Mike insists his son was mostly self-taught.
“I tell so many of my students that I’ve spent so much more time with you than I have with Justin,” Mike told PGATour.com. “I teach him very little. I always did teach him very little. I told him when he was 8 or 10 years old, ‘You know where I’m at if you need help, but if I’m teaching I may only have five minutes to give you.’ ”