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Thomas confident of returning to winners' circle

24th July 2019, 18:36 by Tom McGarry

Justin Thomas believes his form over recent weeks shows he is not too far away from returning to the winners' circle.

The former world number one is yet to register a victory this season, but he has produced some improved displays at his last two tournaments.

Thomas managed a tie for ninth at the Scottish Open with a share for 11th at last week's Open Championship at Royal Portrush.

The 26-year-old feels he could have enjoyed even better finishes at those two events, but he is convinced a first win of the year is just around the corner.

"I had two really positive weeks at the Scottish and then The Open last week," Thomas was quoted as saying by the European Tour website.

"I felt like I easily could have gotten a couple of top fives out of those two weeks, just with an unfortunate finish there on Sunday at 17 at The Open.

"But I feel like I'm very, very close to winning again. I've been saying that all year, but I feel like I've got my putter kind of back a lot closer to where I would like it."

Thomas' last victory came in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational last August and he will be hoping to defend that title this week, although the tournament is now under a new name and venue - the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational at TPC Southwind.

Dustin Johnson was the last winner of an event at TPC Southwind and Thomas feels his fellow American should be considered the defending champion considering he has never even played at the venue before.

"I would probably call him (Johnson) the defending champion," Thomas added. "I've never played here in my life and he won the tournament here last year. But I don't think it's going to have any impact on who plays better this week."

Thomas will actually play alongside Johnson during the opening two rounds of the event, as well as Englishman Paul Casey.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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