Nothing like getting a glimpse of your buddy’s major trophy to propel you toward a major title of your own. Justin Thomas says he was “very jealous” watching his friend Jordan Spieth win the British Open at Royal Birkdale, and that the experience motivated him to go out and win a major for himself. In comments to the Golf Channel, Thomas talked about the positive side of envy. “I mean, I was extremely happy for him, but I was jealous,” he said. “I’m not going to lie or sugarcoat anything, I was very jealous. I wanted to win a major.”
At 24 years old, Thomas claimed a major win at the PGA Championship just weeks after witnessing Spieth’s triumph in England. Thomas was particularly excited about the prospect of his name being added to the Wanamaker trophy. “I understand he won the Masters and the U.S. Open, and knew that had happened on those trophies. But it was the first time I had ever seen someone look at their own name that was recently engraved on something. At that moment I was just like, ‘Man, that is so cool.’ Like, that happened. It’s never going to go away. And then once they said, ‘Your name’s being engraved on the trophy now,’ talking about the Wanamaker, it was a pretty surreal feeling,” he said.