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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 285
will happen.” While Thomas suggests that consistent good play will ultimately lead to him achieving his stated goal, many have already argued that as the hottest player in the game in recent times he should have already reached the pinnacle. However, the vagaries of the rankings system makes assuring any outcome a near impossibility, with his chances this week influenced by the quality of the field and points on offer. A top-five finish at Quail Hollow, an event with a typically strong field, should all but guarantee he becomes the 21st World No.1. But if his goal does allude him this week, a solid finish will make for a spectacular showdown with Johnson at The Players Championship next week, where the best placed of the two could potentially walk away with the No.1 ranking. Thomas’ own rise up the rankings and extended period of outstanding play somewhat mimics that of Johnson, whose evolution into the top player in the world came on the back of his power game combined with hot weeks with the putter and led to collecting victories in bunches. WATCH: JUSTIN THOMAS MIGHT BE SMALLER IN STATURE BUT WATCH HIM UNLEASH HIS POWER IN SLOW MOTION. COVER STORY And although similar in their approach to the game, the physical specimen that is ‘DJ’ and the small-statured Thomas employ extremely different ways of achieving their power. The son and grandson of PGA professionals, Thomas maximises the output of his 5ft 10in 145lb frame to average 311 yards off the tee and to use a boxing analogy, ‘fight well above his weight class’. Johnson meanwhile oozes athleticism and creates jaw-dropping power with a seemingly effortless sequence of movement. That the tenacious Thomas has to work so hard, both physically during the swing and in his preparation, to be among the best handful of players on the planet and current leader of the FedExCup, makes his mental errors at the Match Play even more of a surprise. However, that the laid-back Johnson responded with his own back-to-back good finishes at The Masters and RBC Heritage when threatened with losing his No.1 rank, came as no shock. The World No.1 freely, and perhaps surprisingly to some, admitted that he enjoys being ranked as the best player in the world.
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