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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 October 2018

Justin Thomas expects nerves at some point at Ryder Cup

Thomas is one of three newcomers to Team United States in Paris, but such is his status in the game that he hardly seems first-timer

Justin Thomas has previously attended three Ryder Cups, including the 2010 event at Celtic Manor when he played in the junior version of the biennial contest. Reuters
Justin Thomas has previously attended three Ryder Cups, including the 2010 event at Celtic Manor when he played in the junior version of the biennial contest. Reuters

Justin Thomas expects to feel the rookie nerves even though he boasts a CV befitting a veteran ahead of his Ryder Cup debut this week.

Thomas, 25, is one of three newcomers to the American side in Paris but such is his status in the game that he hardly seems a first-timer.

Thomas is a major winner having won the US PGA Championship last year and, although currently ranked four, is a former world No 1.

Additionally the Ryder Cup is nothing new to him. He has previously attended three of them, including the 2010 event at Celtic Manor when he played in the junior version of the biennial contest.

"It will be that 'fun' nervous, that 'adrenaline' nervous," Thomas said.

"There's so many people and there's so much noise - when you have 5,000-10,000 people on a hole and a percentage of people make noise, it's kind of a buzz.

"It will be new to me and I'm a rookie, and it's something that I'm going to need to have really, really good control of my emotions this week because I'm an emotional player and I can sometimes get up and down.

"So I need to do as much as I can to keep it even keel and feed off the energy as much as possible."

Featuring in a Ryder Cup has been a long-term goal for Thomas, who will be one of the spearheads of a powerful United States team.

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"It's so different, being in a team event and everything," he said, "but this is something that I've been looking forward to, something I've wanted to accomplish since I was a little kid.

"I was very fortunate to go to some Ryder Cups when I was a kid with my dad working for the PGA, so I've seen three in person, one of which was in Wales when I played the Junior Ryder Cup.

"So I've seen it from the other side of the ropes and I'm very, very happy and excited to be on this side of the ropes."

Thomas is determined to get going and has allayed concerns about a recent wrist problem that he continues to tape up.

"Could I play five matches? I'd play six if I could," he said. "The wrist, it's fine. Like I said last week, it looks worse than it is."