Thomas has one month to convince American Ryder Cup captain Zach Johnson that he should travel to Rome. Qualification for the United States team concludes on August 20 at the conclusion of the BMW Championship on the PGA Tour. The 12-man roster will be announced one week after the Tour Championship FedEx Cup finale.
Thomas is a long way from the six positions determined by points qualification that Wyndham Clark, Brooks Koepka, Scottie Scheffler, Xander Schauffele, Patrick Cantlay, and Max Homa currently hold.
Thomas has added next week’s 3M Open in Minneapolis to his itinerary and has already returned to Florida to work with his father, Mike, who is also his coach. Thomas missed the cut at Hoylake after an opening round of 82, just as he did at last month’s US Open after a second-round score of 81.
Thomas said after a respectable second round of 71 at Hoylake, “I want to play in the Ryder Cup more than anything. I’m likely working too hard to accomplish it. It brings back memories of my first or second tour year.
I tried so diligently to make that team for the first time. I am in a comparable situation. I’ve been attempting to make Zach’s life easier by finishing in the top six, but my golf game is not cooperating.
I have a few events remaining to attempt to qualify for the playoffs and then make a run. I’m attempting to see the big picture.
I’m attempting not to dwell excessively on days like yesterday. I’m trying not to dwell on it, but it stinks to be eliminated in the first round of a significant tournament.
“Everyone has their own waves, momentum, and rock bottoms, or whatever you wish to term them. I simply keep telling myself, “This is it; I’m out of it.” Sadly, I have astonished myself on a few occasions with poor rounds.
It does not rule out the possibility that today’s strong play ignites a spark. I can only attempt to be in the proper frame of mind.”
Thomas is privileged in that he can use his Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup performances to demonstrate his value. At last year’s Presidents Cup, he was unbeaten when paired with Jordan Spieth, and he has compiled a 6-2-1 record in the previous two Ryder Cups.
Johnson, like European captain Luke Donald, has six captain’s picks available, which is almost undoubtedly what will determine Thomas’ fate.
“It’s not like I’m planning to send Johnson a love letter or anything. “I believe my record is my strongest argument,” Thomas said. “I adore team competitions.
I flourish in them. I do not wish to place him in this predicament. I abhor having to even wish for a pick.
This is the first time since I qualified that I’ve had to rely on a captain’s choice, and it’s not enjoyable. I’m just aiming to end the year on a high note, and my record speaks for itself.”
European qualification concludes two weeks after that of the United States, on September 3, at the conclusion of the Omega European Masters in Switzerland.
Six players currently lead the race for qualification: Masters champion Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy, Viktor Hovland, Tyrrell Hatton, Matt Fitzpatrick, and Robert MacIntyre.
However, a strong finish at The Open by second-placed Tommy Fleetwood would propel him into the automatic places.