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    Justin Thomas has one goal going into this weekend’s PGA Championship: to win. 

    It’s the same Ricky Bobby-esque attitude he’s carried into every PGA Tour event he’s played this season. In his eyes, if he’s not first, he’s last.

    “[It’s the] same thing I hope for every week," said the Louisville-born, Goshen-bred Thomas last weekend. "I go there to win. And if I don’t, it’s a disappointment."

    A win in golf’s final major of the year would be a big accomplishment for Thomas, who is one of the favorites for PGA Tour Rookie of the Year.  

    Thomas, who is paired with Jimmy Walker and Tommy Fleetwood, is scheduled to tee off at 1:30 p.m. (Eastern time) Thursday and at 8:15 a.m. Friday morning in the first two rounds at Whistling Straits in Sheboygan, Wisc.

    “I feel like it’s a good course for me,” Thomas said Saturday at Harmony Landing Country Club, where his alma mater St. Xavier High School hosted the Kentucky Invitational Tournament. “I’ve played it and prepared well for it this week. It really depends on the weather. It really could change everything. We’ll see. It’s right on the water, so it can get pretty windy.”

    Apparently the course was good to Thomas on Tuesday. That’s when he and his buddy - and Masters and US. Open champion - Jordan Spieth bested Rickie Fowler and Phil Mickelson 1-up in match play.

    “Course is pure!” Thomas tweeted Tuesday.

    Thomas’s season has been pretty pure too. The 2011 St. X grad, who played two years at Alabama before turning pro in 2013, has won a whopping $1,848,172 (which ranks 40th on the Tour’s money list) in 25 events. In those he has posted seven Top 10 finishes and 12 Top 25s.

    Does his quick success amaze him? Nope. In fact, it barely seems to phase him.

    “That’s why I turned pro when I did,” said Thomas, whose best finishes so far this season have been a pair of ties for fourth. “I honestly would like to have a better year than I’ve had, but I have six events left to turn it into a great year, some I’m looking forward to trying to do so.”

    Thomas comes in red hot, having played very well (finishing 30-under-par) in each of his past two events. He tied for fourth in the Quicken Loans National (Tiger Woods’s tourney), which ended Aug. 2, and tied for fifth in the John Deere Classic in mid-July. Those finishes came on the heels of his tie for 54th in The Greenbrier Classic, which finished July 5. In that event Thomas held the tournament lead after 62 holes before blowing up, playing the final 10 holes in 8-over.

    “I’ve learned a lot. It’s been great,” Thomas said of the season.

    He’ll try to make it even better this weekend.

    Photo courtesy of Justin Thomas' Facebook Page 

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