Justin Thomas has long preferred to rest the week before golf’s four major tournaments but said on Wednesday he decided to ditch that approach ahead of next week’s PGA Championship and could make that his new normal.
World No 8 Thomas, whose lone victory in a major came at the 2017 PGA Championship, will give his new approach a test run this week when he joins a solid field at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas, for the AT&T Byron Nelson.
Thomas, who did not compete in the Valero Texas Open the week before finishing in a share of eighth at last month’s Masters, admitted he is already considering adding the RBC Canadian Open to his schedule in June ahead of the US Open.
“I personally just want to try something a little different this year. I wasn’t going to play Valero before the Masters, but these last three majors, I’m going to see how I feel this week, and potentially add Canada,” said Thomas.
“But I just want to play the week before and see how that feels and see how that gets going, going into next week and seeing if that can lead to some success.”
Thomas has long felt it made more sense to take the week off ahead of a major to preserve energy for what are typically the most physically and mentally taxing events on the golfing calendar.