Justin Thomas returns to the CIMB Classic in Malaysia this week looking to begin his 2017-18 PGA Tour Season in familiar fashion. In 2015, he emerged victorious from a Sunday shootout with Adam Scott. His 2016 victory came in a more emphatic style, closing out a final-round 64 for a three-stroke win ahead of Hideki Matsuyama. These victories pushed Thomas towards the outstanding season he had in 2016-17, racking up five victories and PGA Tour Player of the Year honours. If Thomas wins this week, he would join Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker as the only players to achieve tournament three-peats on the PGA Tour in the 21st century. Tiger has achieved the superb feat on six occasions in his career, while Stricker managed to do so at the John Deere Classic from 2009-2011.
What most people don’t realise is that JT’s caddie, Jimmy Johnson, was involved in the last three-peat on the PGA Tour. The veteran looper previously worked for Steve Stricker from 2007-2015 and was on the bag for his stretch of three straight triumphs at the John Deere Classic. Thomas enters the week as a red-hot favourite to notch up his third straight victory at the CIMB Classic, and it would mean a little something extra for his caddie, too.