This article is part of our Weekly Recap series.
With apologies to Brendon Todd, Justin Thomas was the clear front-runner for PGA Tour Player of the Year even before he won the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational on Sunday. Now, he's just about locked it up.
Thomas broke free from a five-way tie on the back nine at TPC Southwind to win for the third time this season and reclaim to No. 1 spot in the world rankings heading into this week's PGA Championship. He also has a runner-up, a tie for third, a tie for fourth and a Tour-leading nine top-10s in only 14 starts. Yes, he has missed three cuts, but when he hasn't his worst finish is a tie for 18th. Yes, EIGHTEENTH.
We can go on and on about Thomas' accolades, but what's the point? Whether you think he's the best golfer in the world, he surely is the best right now, and is the co-favorite – along with a seemingly-rejuvenated Brooks Koepka – to win the PGA at 10-1 on golfodds.com.
Thomas held the No. 2 ranking for four weeks in May-June 2018, sandwiching Dustin Johnson. In some ways, it's surprising it has taken him this long to snatch it back. But there really are so many good players that we're likely in a continued period of musical chairs.
Some on Golf Twitter had somehow been under the impression that Todd, not Thomas, was the leading POY candidate. Maybe if he had won, but the 54-hole leader imploded on Sunday. Todd has