Big wins for Justin Thomas, proud moments for his father


12:21 p.m. ET Jan. 17, 2017

HONOLULU (AP) — Justin Thomas used to call his father when he arrived at junior tournaments, and the conversation almost always started the same way.

“What’s the number?”

The father wasn’t asking what score it would take to win, the length of the course or even the entry fee. The number in question was how many greens his son would be able to reach in regulation, and not just on the par 4s.

“I was guaranteed to hit driver into at least one par 3,” Thomas said.

Mike Thomas was in the gallery along the ninth fairway at Waialae Country Club when his 23-year-old son nearly left his feet while launching a 358-yard drive, setting up a wedge into the par 5. It was only his seventh-longest drive during his time in paradise.

This Aloha State adventure was the best two weeks of Thomas’ career. He joined Ernie Els as…

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