Thomas sets bar high for 2018

05 December 2017 21:37:14 GMTPlus11

Despite winning his first major, capturing the FedEx Cup and being voted PGA Tour Player of the Year in 2017, Justin Thomas says he'll have no trouble staying hungry next year.

The 24-year-old's exploits lifted him to No. 3 in the world behind Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth after he'd ended 2016 outside the top 20.

Thomas said: "I'm always going to be hungry. If I won eight times this season, I'm going to want to win nine times next season. If I won two majors, I'm going to want to win three.

"So the thing is, I feel like it's so hard to satisfy myself, I don't know if that's necessarily a good thing but it's always going to keep me working.

"Being No. 1 in the world at some point in my career is such a huge accomplishment or such a huge priority to me and hopefully when I do get there I'll hopefully stay there for a while if I do.

"But obviously I have two people that I need to get in front of at the moment."

Thomas could only finish 11th of the 18-man field contesting last week's Hero World Challenge but said later he hadn't really put the practice in ahead of the Bahamas event following a long and gruelling season.

"I hate to say it, but my preparation was pretty poor just in terms of I didn't want to play golf. I would rather be fresh," he explained.

"But anyways, the next two, three weeks I'll be able to practice and kind of get my swing back where I want it.

"I'll obviously still be resting, I won't be practising every day by my means, but I'll be able to get in a little bit better of a routine just because I'll actually want to practice versus the last month and a half I didn't want to."

Thomas is 19.00 to win next year's US Masters, 17.00 for the US Open, 23.00 for the Open Championship and 21.00 to defend his US PGA Championship crown.

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