Justin Thomas only played two years at the University of Alabama before turning pro, a luxury afforded to him by being ridiculously good at golf. But no one ever said you have to graduate to still love your school, specifically, your school's dominant football team.
After posting a nine-under 63 in the opening round of the CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges in South Korea, the former member of the Crimson Tide golf team was in good spirits when he sat down with the Golf Channel's Rich Lerner following his round. Thomas mentioned how he was looking forward to a much needed break, coming on the heels of a nine event stretch in just 11 weeks. Lerner wanted to know a little more about this layoff, and whether or not it involved a trip to the SEC Title game in December with Georgia alum and Presidents Cup teammate Kevin Kisner, to see the Tide take potentially take on Kisner's red hot Bulldogs. JT wouldn't bite, and instead took a playful shot at Kisner and the Georgia fanbase as a whole.
"Yeah you know, Kiz and sometimes those Georgia fans think ahead, and that's what's nice about having (Nick) Saban as your coach, you only focus on that next game," Thomas said. "So I'm just worried about beating Tennessee, and then we'll go from there."
Unfortunately, speaking as a closet Georgia fan from New Jersey (long story), Thomas isn't exactly wrong. The Georgia hype train often gets ramped up way too quickly, and usually always ends with a random, crushing loss that derails their season. Not to mention the fact that the 'Dawgs have only made it to the SEC Championship game twice in the last decade, including 2012, when they lost in heartbreaking fashion to..... Alabama.
Tough to watch. But UGA fans have reason to be optimistic this year. The team is rolling and the schedule shapes up pretty nicely the rest of the way. We all should be rooting for a rematch just for the Thomas-Kisner snapchats that weekend.