A ‘more complete’ Justin Thomas better prepared to hold world No. 1 spot

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. – When Justin Thomas first moved to No. 1 in the world ranking in 2018 he had no idea that getting to the top spot was hard, but staying there was even more difficult.

Thomas spent four weeks at No. 1 and after his victory on Sunday at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational he reclaimed the top ranking from Jon Rahm, who spent just two weeks atop the world.

Justin Thomas (65) wins WGC-FedEx St. Jude, returns to world No. 1

On Tuesday, Thomas said he hoped to not only move back to No. 1 in the world but he wanted to stay there for a “long amount of time.”

“Anything longer than the [four] weeks that I had it or whatever it is,” he laughed.


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Following his victory at TPC Southwind, Thomas said he thinks he’s better prepared this time to hold the top spot than he was in ’18.

“I feel like I’m a better player and I feel like I’m more complete of a golfer now than I was then,” said Thomas, who closed with a 65 for a three-stroke victory. “I felt like I could win by three with extremely poor wedge play throughout the week. And I didn’t really hit anything too close, I just managing my game really well. We’ll just build on that and get ready for the PGA to hope to start something.”