'That’s Just Stupid' - Mike Thomas Dismisses Rumors Of A Split With Son Justin

The response to rumors that the famous father-and-son team had split was short and to the point

Mike & Justin Thomas
Mike Thomas keeps a watchful eye on his son
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Justin Thomas’ swing coach and father, Mike, has rubbished reports that he and his son have parted company.

Rumors started to circulate that the duo had split after Justin posted a video where he was working alone on the range at The Grove in Nashville, Tennessee.

However, Golf Digest reports that Thomas senior is still very much involved in his son’s coaching.

“You’re kidding. That’s just stupid,” Mike said when told of the rumors.

“That’s what some people in the media do. It’s ridiculous. I just left Justin. We worked all morning.”

Despite a poor season, one in which he posted two rounds in the 80s in his last two Majors, Thomas will be playing in the Ryder Cup later this month after US captain, Zach Johnson selected him as one of his wildcards.

And you can bet Mike Thomas will in Rome, too, as the pair look to find a way of getting Justin back to the kind of form that saw him climb to number one in the world.

Whether or not putting coach John Graham will be part of the team remains to be seen.

There were reports Graham split with Thomas after missing the cut at The Open, but Mike Thomas didn’t want to comment on this.

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He did, however, add that if his son decided to go in a different direction at some point, that wouldn’t be an issue.

“But, listen, if he did fire me, and it was for the better, then what’s the problem?”

The PGA Masters Professional also clarified how they currently work together, saying that he and Justin began “going for less” one-on-one instruction last year so that his son could do more of his own work on his swing.

Mike also confirmed he was also at The Grove working with Justin and then “left him alone”.

“There are things a player needs to do himself; he’s been working really hard,” he added.

Michael Weston
Contributing editor

Michael has been with Golf Monthly since 2008. As a multimedia journalist, he has also worked for The Football Association, where he created content to support the men's European Championships, The FA Cup, London 2012, and FA Women's Super League. As content editor at Foremost Golf, Michael worked closely with golf's biggest equipment manufacturers, and has developed an in-depth knowledge of this side of the industry. He's now a regular contributor, covering instruction, equipment and feature content. Michael has interviewed many of the game's biggest stars, including six world number ones, and has attended and reported on many Major Championships and Ryder Cups. He's a member of Formby Golf Club.