CROMWELL, CT (WAVE) - St. Xavier High School graduate Justin Thomas is about to make it 3-for-3 on the PGA tour.
He fired a second round 66 (-4) at the Travelers Championship on Friday in Cromwell, Connecticut, putting him at -2 for the tournament and in great shape to make the cut and play this weekend.
"I made 5 birdies on the back, so that was big," Thomas said after his round.
He made the cut in his first PGA tour event, the Wyndham Championship in 2009, as a 16-year-old, and then made the cut again at the Greenbrier Classic last summer.
"I'm a little bit more comfortable each round I play. I don't quite have the first tee jitters as bad," Thomas said. "I mean any tournament I play, I'm nervous on the first tee. It's awesome and I'm just happy to play as well as I have so far."
He's already had a big month, winning a National Championship with his Alabama teammates, and now with at least two PGA starts this summer, plans to make a decision about his future. The choice - return to Alabama for his junior year, or turn pro.
"It just kind of depends on if I get enough starts, if financially we can do it. If I'm going to be able to get certain, different club deals, stuff like that, but it's more so making sure that I have tournaments to play in, because that's the most important thing," Thomas said.
His dad, Mike, is the head golf professional at Harmony Landing Country Club. Mike caddied for Justin in his first two PGA events, but this week, he has teacher Matt Killen toting his bag.
He's played in and won hundreds of tournaments as an amateur, but teeing it up with the pros does offer some different challenges. "You've got a lot more targets off the tees and into the greens, because you have grandstands, and towers and cameras, and people," Thomas added, "It's different in that sense, but it's still a golf tournament, so you have to do what you're doing."
2012 Masters champion Bubba Watson is the leader heading into the weekend. Watson is -10.
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