Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler have fun on Twitter with Justin Thomas club release

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Justin Thomas has already won three times on the PGA Tour this season and was in the mix again this weekend at the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship when he took the lead into the final round.

He was part of the superstar final group that also included eventual winner and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlory, who was returning from a six-week absence due to injury and could have possibly overtaken DJ for No. 1 in the rankings with a win.

When they reached the 11th hole, Thomas was in the midst of watching his tournament chances slipping away as he was already 3-over on his round. He had the driver out for the par-5 and after making contact, he let go of the driver in anger and it bounced into the gallery.

Ironically, he would go on to birdie the hole en route to a 1-over 7 and a tie for fifth place.

After Saturday’s round, Thomas was buying everyone in the media center beer following his hole-in-one. When Sunday’s round was over, he took to Twitter to apologize for the embarrassing moment when he lost control of his emotions and his driver.

“Yes I’m an emotional player,” he said on Twitter account @JustinThomas34. “It’s in my character and always has been, I’ll always have fire in me. Sorry to those offended by my actions.”

Rory McIlory, who was a few feet away from Thomas when the club was launched in the air, had some fun at Thomas’ expense when he replied to the apologetic tweet.

Not to be outdone, Rickie Fowler — last week’s winner at The Honda Classic — also chimed in on the Twitter conversation.

Not to be outdone by PGA Tour pals, Thomas interjected with a job of his own directed at McIlroy from his famous club toss that went into the water at Doral.

Thomas also continued the thread to reply to Fowler’s comment.

As the audience for the Twitter conversation grew exponentially, Smylie Kaufman joined in on the fun.

John Peterson threw in his two cents and showed his approval for Thomas’ comeback effort.

Lastly, former world No. 1 Luke Donald added his critique to the toss.



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