Thomas (No. 8, 2011) commits to Alabama

Justin Thomas watches his tee shot on the second hole during the second round of the 2009 Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C.

Justin Thomas, No. 8 in the Golfweek Junior Rankings for the Class of 2011, told Golfweek that he has verbally committed to the University of Alabama.


Thomas, of Goshen, Ky., said he took about 10 unofficial visits to school since his freshman year of high school, and ended up picking Alabama over LSU, Florida State and Texas A&M.

“That’s just where it felt right to me,” said Thomas. “Some people want to coming out of college ready to play on the PGA Tour, but I want to win national championships, too, and we’re going to be really good.”

Thomas, good friends with Alabama signees Corey Whitsett (longtime No. 1; currently N/A, 2010) and Bobby Wyatt (No. 1, 2010), won last year’s AJGA Footjoy Boys Invitational, which earned him an exemption into the PGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship, site of probably his biggest moment to date.

Thomas opened Wyndham with a bogey-free 5-under 65, which propelled him to become the third-youngest player to make a cut on Tour.

During that week, several Tour players ribbed Thomas about his possible college choices, including LSU alum David Toms.

One day, when Thomas wore an orange shirt and black pants, Toms said: “You’re going to OSU (Oklahoma State) now, huh?”

“I got ridiculed by those guys every day just related it to a college school,” Thomas said.

The next day, Thomas wore a blue shirt and white pants, and Toms said: “Now it’s UK (Kentucky)? I’ll get you a purple and yellow shirt if you want.”

Coincidentally, Thomas was in the stands for the Nov. 7 game when the Alabama football team defeated visiting LSU, 24-15.

“That was the first real SEC football experience I’ve had,” he said.

“It’s kind of like a lot of people say, when you first go (to Alabama) you just love it. There wasn’t anything bad about it.”

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