Former PGA Tour pro makes WILD (!) Justin Thomas Ryder Cup bet

Former PGA Tour pro Colt Knost has made a wild bet with a fan about how Justin Thomas will fare at the forthcoming Ryder Cup.

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Wed, 30 Aug 2023
Former PGA Tour pro makes WILD (!) Justin Thomas Ryder Cup bet

Former PGA Tour player turned golf broadcaster Colt Knost has made a wild bet with a fan over how Justin Thomas will fare at the 2023 Ryder Cup.

Thomas was selected by U.S. skipper as a wildcard despite having one of his worst seasons on tour. 

The 30-year-old missed cuts at three of the four majors and didn't reach the FedEx Cup playoffs for the first time in his career. 

As expected, Johnson immediately defended the decision to pick JT ahead of Keegan Bradley, Cameron Young, Lucas Glover and Tony Finau

"You just don't leave JT at home," Johnson said in his news conference on 29 August after announcing Collin Morikawa, Sam Burns, Jordan Spieth and Brooks Koepka as his other wildcards. 

Knost kicked off a debate on social media, writing:

Here's where things got interesting as @youngkuch asked if he would be willing to wager on JT not earning a single point at all for Team USA. 

Ladies and gentlemen we have ourselves a bet. 

There is of course one stipulation, though, and that is the tattoo cannot be anywhere on the face or neck. 

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"I'm very, very fortunate to be here"

For his part Thomas knows he is a lucky boy to have been selected. 

He opened up on his struggles this year after missing the cut at the 151st Open. 

Thomas spoke of how he remembered reporters were sheepishly looking around with facial expressions suggesting who was going to be the first to ask about his Ryder Cup chances. 

Thomas explained:

"I just remember at The Open when I get done on Friday and the media wanted to ask some questions, and it's almost like everybody is looking around, who wants to be the first one to ask, and I know everybody is thinking it and they know I'm thinking it and I voiced that.
"Yeah, I did put a lot of pressure on myself to make this team because it does mean so much to me.
"But that being said, I feel like it was a valuable learning experience for me and something that I will use and learn going forward.
"It's very -- I would say these other guys can attest, you can want something too bad, and I'm sure all of us have tried to win golf tournaments too much or tried to force the issue, and there was potentially times this season I did.
"But yeah, I'm very, very fortunate to be here, and Zach has been very vocal and made it sound great that we are all equal on this team."

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