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St. X grad Justin Thomas says rookie season on PGA Tour a success so far

Jordan Spieth, right, explains the break on the 15th green to Justin Thomas during a practice round at The Players Championship golf tournament Wednesday, May 6, 2015, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Jordan Spieth, right, explains the break on the 15th green to Justin Thomas during a practice round at The Players Championship golf tournament Wednesday, May 6, 2015, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) AP

Former St. Xavier standout Justin Thomas has three top-12 finishes in his last four starts on the PGA Tour. He talked Tuesday about his rookie season ahead of this weekend's AT&T Byron Nelson in Irving, Texas.

"It's been a good season," said Thomas, who has five top 10s so far. "It's crazy how fast it's gone by. We're already to the U.S. Open and being my first year I'm starting to adapt to that. ... I feel like I've really learned a lot as the year has gone on."

Thomas' best finish this season is a tie for fourth. He was asked if he's getting impatient to earn his first win.

"Not at all," Thomas said. "I definitely would love to win but I learned last year it doesn't matter what level you're at, it's difficult to win. It needs to be your week and it's something that you know there's a reason when guys win two, three times in a year, it's a great year and I understand that. You know, I could have already won two, three times this year but it wasn't my week and there are things that I didn't do correctly that kept me from doing so."

Thomas will be paired for the first two rounds with Masters champ and Texas native Jordan Spieth, a longtime friend.

"I don't know who I made mad to get that pairing," Thomas said. "It's going to be pretty wild. It will be fun and probably the most people I've played in front of. That will be cool for me."

The TPC Four Seasons at Las Colinas has received about 12 inches of rain the past three weeks, according to the Dallas Morning News. And rain is in the forecast for Wednesday and Thursday. Thomas also talked about the playing conditions the golfers will encounter this weekend, and how he can use those to his advantage.

"It's very, very wet," he said. "I probably never seen a course this drenched. There's nothing that they can do about that at all. It's out of their hands. ... I think I would say it probably helps me a little bit because most of my distance is all carry. I hit it pretty high so maybe able to hit it a little farther."

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