Sobel: Justin Thomas Leads Brooks Koepka in Season-Long Head-to-Head Wager


USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: (left) Justin Thomas, (right) Brooks Koepka.

Aug 21, 2019, 06:45 PM EDT
  • Brooks Koepka and Justin Thomas made a friendly wager in 2018 that has been playing out all season on the PGA Tour.
  • Now Thomas is on the cusp of collecting on that wager ahead of the 2019 Tour Championship.

ATLANTA — Last Saturday, in the midst of posting a third-round 61 that would eventually lead to the BMW Championship title, Justin Thomas holed out for eagle from 180 yards on the par-4 16th hole and immediately referenced a fellow competitor.

“I got some of that Brooks Koepka money,” he exclaimed to caddie Jimmy Johnson.

Back in October, while playing together at the CJ Cup in South Korea, Koepka and Thomas started talking about holing out — and more specifically, how neither one of them tends to do it very often.

A bet was born on the spot, as they turned it into a season-long competition that ends this week.

The terms: It has to be during a competitive PGA Tour round and from at least 50 yards out.

The wager: It’s been reported at $1,000 per hole-out.