Justin Thomas Drops Over 60 Spots At Valspar Championship Following Poor Putting Display

The two-time Major winner had a day to forget on the greens, with Thomas producing 38 putts and losing over seven strokes at the Valspar Championship

Justin Thomas voices his frustration on the putting green
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The third round of the Valspar Championship was set up to be a thriller, with a number of experienced and inexperienced names in contention at the Copperhead Course.

Amongst the congested leaderboard was Justin Thomas, who was arguably one of the favourites after re-finding his form in 2024, following a disappointing 2023 season that saw him miss the FedEx Cup playoffs for the first time in his career.

However, despite birdieing the opening hole in his third round, Thomas was about to have a day to forget, as the American carded an eight-over-par 79, which included his worst ever putting display and a total of 38 putts.

So, how did Thomas lose over seven strokes on the green and drop from a tie for the lead into 66th? Well, after three-putting from 25-feet on the second, he would miss from six-feet at the par 4 third.

Further missed putts from short distances followed, with the worst of those coming at the seventh hole where, after missing a par putt from 10-feet, Thomas looked to clean up from two-feet for his bogey. His next effort, though, missed on the right side and did a near 360° rotation, as the double bogey meant he dropped from three to five shots back.

To compound the misery further, Thomas bogeyed the eighth and ninth, the eighth featured a missed putt from four-foot as well, with the 30-year-old carding a five-over 41 to fall to even-par for the tournament. Tackling the back nine, he bogeyed the 10th, 12th and 14th, as a further 38 strokes gave him an eight-over 79.

The performance was the worst putting round of his career, with Thomas not holing a single putt outside three-feet. In fact, his putt of 2'9" at the very first hole was the longest he made all day!

Having holed 27 putts on both Thursday and Friday, Thomas lost 7.034 strokes on the greens on Saturday, with his performance the worst in the field. 

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x