Justin Thomas was on fire to begin this PGA Tour wrap-around season as he won three PGA Tour events, including repeating at the CIMB Classic and going back-to-back at the SBC Tournament of Champions and Sony Open in Hawaii.
He even shot the magical 59 in the first round of his wire-to-wire win at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu.
Then he hit the proverbial wall with a missed cut a the Waste Management Phoenix Open, making the cut on the number at the Genesis Open and followed that up with another missed cut last week at The Honda Classic.
Due to his early season success, Thomas still sits at No. 2 on the FedEx Cup standings, trailing only Hideki Matsuyama.
Maybe all the 23 year-old Thomas needed was a change of scenery, such as another country for the WGC-Mexico Championship and another stratosphere with the Club de Golf Chapultepec outside of Mexico City sitting some 7800 feet above sea level.
Look no further than his 103 yard punch shot from the rough that had to go under a tree branch before softly landing on the green and rolling into the cup for a birdie on the Par 4, fourth hole. Thomas even delivered a ‘Micheal Jordan shrug’ that harkened back to the days of the Chicago Bulls great’s famous shrug during the 1992 NBA Finals against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Thomas would finish the first round with a 69 to sit at 2-under and two shots out of the lead of a group of six golfers including Phil Mickelson, Lee Westwood and Jon Rahm.