JUSTIN THOMAS

Residence: Jupiter, Florida
Age: 28
World Ranking: 5
Ryder Cup ranking: 5
Ryder Cup appearances: 1 (2018)
U.S. Ryder Cup record: 4-1-0 total (2-0-0 four-ball, 1-1-0 foursomes, 1-0-0 singles)

Justin Thomas has been a machine in U.S. team competitions. In fact, it’s not a stretch to say that he’s been the best player on the course – on either side – in every team competition he’s played in each of the last three times, dating back to the 2017 Presidents Cup at Liberty National.

It’s also a little strange to think that this will only be Thomas’ second Ryder Cup, and first on home soil. With it will come more pressure to perform, but the fifth-ranked player in the world appears up to the challenge, even though this season on the PGA Tour has not been up to his enormous standards. (Thomas won The Players back in March and has collected two top-10 finishes since.)

Although his maiden Ryder Cup appearance did not end in victory for the red, white and blue, Thomas appeared in all five sessions, played extremely well from beginning to end and proved a quick study in how to manage his game and energy during a grueling week.

“Just all the stuff in the team room and hanging out with the guys,” he said three years ago in Paris about what he’ll remember most. “There’s a lot of guys that I know very well and all the teammates, but I think until you spend that quality time together, until you have those dinners and everybody is sharing stories of the different Ryder Cups. I just cannot wait to play in more of these and cannot wait to play in one in the States.”