Despite Justin Thomas losing his singles match to Si Woo Kim on Sunday afternoon at Quayle Hollow, Justin Thomas still holds a record of 17-5-3 in cup matches. More importantly, after the Americans won the Presidents’ Cup by five points, Thomas was now part of four Cup-winning teams, including three of the Presidents variety, in five national team caps.
There’s no doubt about it: Thomas is the new Captain America of Team USA.
But, unlike the old one, Thomas just doesn’t like to hiss – at least when his opponent does.
“Honestly, I was very angry at the time,” Thomas said of how Kim shushed the home crowd on par-4 15.th hole on Sunday.
The match was already contentious, as a couple of holes earlier Kim had failed to concede a 3-foot shot to Thomas, who did it anyway but was visibly annoyed by going off the green. Thomas, who is no stranger to animated interactions in match play, answered at number 15 with a big save at par followed by a delayed but furious punch.
Kim walked over to Thomas to stay tied up and quickly raised her finger to her lips.
“I saw that Patrick [Reed] done it before (by shutting up the crowd at the 2014 Ryder Cup),” Kim said, “and yes, JT gave me a fist and then I had to do it. And I had to do it and I did it. Then, like, yeah, I had to do something. I think it gives me more energy.”
Added Thomas, who was already on his way to the next set, before looking back to witness Kim’s silence: “It’s one of those things, I think that when you’re in the moment, when you’re on the other side, it’s motivating, a little pumping.”
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However, the extra motivation wasn’t enough for Thomas, who couldn’t convert a 9-foot birdie on top of Kim’s 10-foot one last time. Kim’s mark gave him a one win over fellow Champion Players who beat him 6 and 5 at the 2018 WGC-Dell Match Play.
“I mean, he hit and hit better than me on the last three holes, or rather the last nine holes, when he needed it,” Thomas said. “So I can say whatever I want about it, but he beat me so he has an advantage over me.
“But we won the Cup, so that’s all that matters.”