News & ToursOctober 12, 2016

Justin Thomas pledges money to Hurricane Matthew victims with birdie drive

TROON, SCOTLAND - JULY 14:  Justin Thomas of the United States tees off on the 3rd hole during the first round on day one of the 145th Open Championship at Royal Troon on July 14, 2016 in Troon, Scotland.  (Photo by Warren Little/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)
R&A via Getty ImagesTROON, SCOTLAND - JULY 14: Justin Thomas of the United States tees off on the 3rd hole during the first round on day one of the 145th Open Championship at Royal Troon on July 14, 2016 in Troon, Scotland. (Photo by Warren Little/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)

A large contingent of PGA Tour players call Florida home, including rising star Justin Thomas. Though the 23 year old hails from Kentucky, Thomas has lived in Jupiter for the past two years, and last week's Hurricane Matthew was the first real storm he's experienced. Though Thomas remained safe through the ordeal, many were not as lucky. Which is why Thomas wants to help with the healing process.

Competing in this week's Safeway Open, Thomas announced that he will be donating money for every birdie towards relief efforts for the hurricane.

"The last week has been a tough time for many people in southeastern US, Haiti and the Bahamas," Thomas wrote on Twitter. "The devastation to so many families and communities is heartbreaking, and I want to help. For the next three tournaments (Safeway, CIMB and HSBC), I will donate $250 for every birdie to Convoy of Hope. I challenge you all to join me the next three weeks...every little bit helps!"

That's no small promise from Thomas: last year he averaged 3.75 birdies per round, and his 360 birdies on the season were 10th most on tour. To donate to the cause, visit Convey of Hope's website.


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