MEDINAH, In poor health.—It’s now not simple,napping on a large lead. Ask Greg Norman (1996 Masters). Ask Brooks Koepka (2019 PGA Championship). Ask Justin Thomas. He stayed in a space right here and arrived on the close by impressive old-timey nation membership within the past due morning on Sunday, main this BMW Championship through a landing, realizing that each and every particular person with a putter within the trunk anticipated him to win FedEx II.
“He appeared hectic,” stated Fito Garcia, one of the most membership’s 3 primary locker room attendants, along side his brother Eladio Garcia and Danny Medina. (Sure, he’s one letter wanting sharing the identify of the membership the place he has labored for 42 years. The Garcia brothers were at Medinah for over 70 years between them.) “He appeared light.”
The Medinah clubhouse is sprawling and implementing and it looks as if a mosque. Fito, Eladio and Danny give it immeasurable heat.
Fito gave Thomas somewhat shoulder rub and stated, “Your caddie is your pal. Communicate to him, he’s going to stay you calm. Give him a funny story. Take a funny story from him.”
Those guys, and this isn’t ad-copy robbery, know a factor or two as a result of they’ve noticed a factor or two. They had been within the locker room right here on Father’s Day in 1990, when Curtis Peculiar went on the lookout for Mike Donald’s locker, to depart him a be aware to pray him excellent good fortune in his Monday U.S. Open playoff towards Hale Irwin. They remember the fact that Hale Irwin used the sportswriter Bob Verdi’s locker that yr, that Tiger was once hectic and shy when he received the PGA Championship right here in 1999 and has loosened up significantly since then, that Phil Mickelson sought after to thank each and every closing staffer after the 2012 Ryder Cup, regardless of the ache of the American defeat.
Recounting his arrival later, Thomas stated to the attendants, “I’ve carried out this a pair occasions, guys. However thanks.”
Neatly, that’s true, in fact. Thomas was once on the lookout for his 10th Excursion win. But it surely has additionally been a yr since he closing received.
You wouldn’t say he fired a fourth-round 68, although the ranking is Four underneath par. He was once riding it crooked and appeared not sure of himself from time to time. And it’s now not like Thomas’s caddie, Jimmy Johnson, goes to be doing any standup anytime quickly. However Thomas closed with a birdie and received through 4 and he appeared decidedly much less light at day’s finish.
As an alternative of dishing out jokes, Johnson allotted recommendation, maximum significantly at the par-4 12th. “It was once a in reality unhealthy force, one in all my many lately,” Thomas stated Sunday night time. At the 10th hollow, his lead over Patrick Cantlay was once best two pictures, so it wasn’t just like the win was once a foregone conclusion. Johnson stated, “Simply chip it in the market and we’ll get this factor up and down for par.” There’s no use to take a look at a hero shot whilst you’re main and you continue to have six holes to play.