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Thomas looks to make splash in Canada test

Justin Thomas is usually bidding to make a big splash when he plays a new tournament, but he’ll be happy just to make the cut in his Canadian Open debut this week.

“Playing four days would be a good start, as opposed to just two,” said Thomas, who failed to make it to the weekend at last week’s Memorial Tournament.

Thomas says he is trying to shake off the rust from a six-week layoff between the Memorial and finishing tied 12th at The Masters in April.

“It was weird because I really felt pretty good about my game last week,” he said. “I was really rusty and was making some stupid mistakes that I don’t usually do.

“So I was just trying to play my way out of that. The more time you can get in competition, I feel like the quicker I’ll get out of the rust.”

World No. 6 Thomas faces a strong field in this week’s tournament, which is the final tune-up before the US Open, including three of the world’s top four in the shape of Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy.

“My first-ever time to Canada, so I’m excited to be here,” Thomas said. “You know, it was obviously a late add. It wasn’t exactly in the plans, but I definitely need to get more reps just going into the Open. I heard a lot of great things about the course.”

The 26-year-old is seeking his first win in 2019 with his best performance being a runner-up finish at the Genesis Open in February.


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