The Northern Trust: Justin Thomas trying to become first to win back-to-back FedEx Cup titles

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Justin Thomas dominated the PGA Tour last year, winning his first major championship and FedEx Cup trophy.

While 2018 has been a bit more quiet, Thomas still has three wins this season which has helped him head into the playoffs ranked second in the standings. Thomas is trying to become the first person to win back-to-back FedEx Cup playoff trophies.

“It would be an honor,” Thomas said Wednesday during his press conference. “And anytime you can do something that nobody else has done before, it’s huge. But there’s a lot of great players and a lot of players that are playing really well that have just as good a chance as I do. I just need to worry about myself and try to get myself in position come Atlanta, and from there we’ll see what we can do.”

Thomas, ranked third in the world, recently won the WGC – Bridgestone Invitational, and then followed it up with a t-6 at the PGA Championship.

“I can’t believe it’s already the playoffs. It’s pretty bizarre,” Thomas said. “The year has gone by fast as it always does, I feel like, when we get to this point in the year.

“It’s a good stretch of golf. This is when winning it all obviously matters. I feel you have to be peaking and playing well. I’ve had some success and some good events, my last couple. So hopefully we can just keep it going.”

Common criticism around the FedEx Cup playoffs has mentioned the last couple tournaments are more important than the first two. Thomas said all the events are important, but one thing is a must when hoping to win it all.

“I’ve kind of thought about it a couple times that, you know, you really have to win in the playoffs. It’s pretty much just plain and simple. You have to win one of these four events,” Thomas said.

“And hopefully Atlanta is a little bit more preferred over the others. But, I mean, like you said, I’m in a position where I can play well. I can finish top 5s, top 10s and hopefully maintain my spot, if not drop too much, because obviously everyone’s main goal is to be in the top 5 come Atlanta and you control your own destiny.

“But these first three events are very important, and you just need to treat it like I do every other tournament and try to give myself a chance to win.”