Justin Thomas was off to a strong start at the Open Championship, but it didn’t take long for his game to desert him on a waterlogged Friday afternoon.
After opening with a 67, Thomas sat just two strokes adrift of the 18-hole lead. With rain pouring down on Royal Birkdale, he had to have been expecting a bit of regression during the second round, but nothing could have prepared him for what was coming.
The Alabama product stumbled out of the gate with a double bogey on the first hole and a bogey on the second, but he followed that up with three consecutive pars to gain a bit of momentum.
That’s when the round went off the rails.
After Thomas misfired on his approach to the sixth green, he found himself in some of the heaviest rough on the golf course. The world’s 13th-ranked player went on to realise every golfer’s nightmare scenario as he failed to advance his ball on two swings before he lost the ball. He eventually took a one-shot penalty and carded a quintuple bogey on the hole.
Check out the brutal scene below.
The mishap tanked Thomas’ chances of winning as it took him from even par all the way to five-over and in danger of missing the cut.
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