Justin Thomas has committed to play in the France Open, which will take place June 28-July 1 at Le Golf National, the site of the 42nd Ryder Cup in September.
Newly-minted as the fourth-youngest No. 1-ranked player in the world following his 11th-place finish at The Players Championship, the 25-year-old Thomas will play on the European Tour for the first time since his first tournament as a professional.
“I’m very excited to have the opportunity to go and play in a European Tour event,” Thomas said, per Sky Sports. “It is something I haven’t done since my first start as a pro when I went to play the Dunhill Links.
“I’m not sure what to expect, having never played a Rolex Series event. I know they’re fairly new to the European Tour, so it will be really fun to be a part of it.
“I’m sure the field is going to be tremendous, especially being a Ryder Cup venue. It will have a lot of talent.”
Other confirmed top-10 players include No. 4 Jon Rahm of Spain and England’s Tommy Fleetwood, the defending France Open champion who rose to No. 10 this week.
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Thomas ended the 64-week reign at No. 1 by Dustin Johnson, which was the fifth-longest since the ratings system began. Thomas shot a 6-under par round of 66 on Sunday to claim the top spot.
And Thomas has no designs on giving it back any time soon.
“It means a lot, but it’s something I want to have for a long time,” he said. “It’s not something I just want to have once.
“To have it for a week and then be done with it… like DJ has and like Tiger Woods did and other guys who have had it for a long time, that’s more of a goal of mine as opposed to just having it.”
Le Golf National, located at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, southwest of Paris, will play host to the Ryder Cup Sept. 28-30.
–Field Level Media