Justin Thomas overcomes terrible warmup, ties course record with 65 at BMW Championship

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MEDINAH, Ill. – An hour before his tee time in Thursday’s first round of the BMW Championship at venerable Medinah Country Club, Justin Thomas was a lost soul.

He didn’t know where the ball was going on the practice range, didn’t know what his swing was doing and was desperate to find a fix with help from his swing coach Mike Thomas, his father, and from his caddie, Jimmy Johnson.

“I probably would say that I had the worst warmup I’ve ever had in my life,” Thomas said. “I didn’t know what (the ball) was going to do. I didn’t know how I was going to hit it, and my dad and Jimmy and I just kind of said that we were going to have to guess out there and just try to find something.

“I’ve had that happen plenty of times, just not quite that extreme.”

Justin Thomas plays his shot from the 18th tee during the first round of the BMW Championship at Medinah Country Club. (Photo: Getty Images)

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Five hours later, Thomas signed for a…

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