Morning Sports Report - August 7, 2014

By Dan Lucy |

Published 08/07 2014 07:59AM

Updated 08/07 2014 12:17PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo--The pros are getting their last look at Highland Springs Country Cclub before Thursday's Price Cutter Charity Championship tees off.

156 golfers will step to the first tee at 7am today. And nobody is more hungry for a victory than Louisville native Justin Thomas.

You've heard the old saying, always a bridesmaid, but never a bride. pro Justin Thomas is a living example.

The 21-year old has finished second, third, and fourth so far this season.

But has never won a tournament as a pro golfer.

"I don't know if it's this week, or next month, or next year or five years.  Whenever the time is right, it will happen," said Justin Thomas.  "I think what's most important is I'm putting myself in these positions pretty often and I'm learning from them."

Thomas has a winning pedigree.

He was the collegiate golfer of the year in 2012, and won an NCAA national championship with Alabama in 2013.

Thomas:"It's an experience I'll never forget.  I can remember every shot of the week.  To this day I've never been more nervous on the first tee than on our final match with Illinois."

The Louisville native left Tuscaloosa after his sophomore season to start earning a living swinging the clubs.

With more than $260,000 dollars in winnings, Thomas is sitting in the top five in the money list, securing a spot on the regular PGA tour next year.

Thomas:"It's really been a fun year.  And I feel like I've learned a lot.  The tour has taught me a lot about myself and about my game.  It's been a great way to develop my game."       

"He's a very talented golfer.  A name to be watching in the next five to ten years.  He's just scratching the surface," said Thomas' caddie Jason Shorthall.

Jason Shorthall has carried the bags of professional golfers for 11 years now.

And he says there's one thing he keeps whispering in Justin Thomas' ear.

Shorthall: "All the young kids want to be race horses, with the blinkers on, just slow it down, stay in the moment.  Take care of what we can instead of worrying about what's coming."

Thomas will hoist his first championship trophy sooner or later, and he's hoping that first win will be here at Highland Springs.

Thomas: "It's fun.  I love it.  This is my profession and what I want to do my whole life." 


In Major League Baseball,  the St. Louis Cardinals lose to Boston, 2-1.
Kansas City Royals top the Diamondbacks, 4-3.

And the Springfield Cardinals beat the Frisco Rough Riders, 12-7.

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