Justin Thomas can put down the driver and grab a controller: The former PGA Championship winner made the cover of the “PGA Tour 2K21” video game.
Thomas, still only 27, already has won 12 times in five years. That includes a major at the PGA Championship, a World Golf Championship at Firestone and two FedEx Cup playoff events. He has won a FedEx Cup and reached No. 1 in the world.
He’s ready to tee off in the game on its Aug 21 release.
Thomas played as a kid — notably the wildly popular Tiger Woods games — but only recently again picked up gaming in his time off during the coronavirus pandemic.
“The last, I would say, seven years of my life have changed a little bit in terms of what I have in free time,” he said. “When I started playing again, I realized I did enjoy it and missed it.”
The game, available for the PlayStation 4 system and the Xbox One family of devices, includes 15 licensed PGA Tour courses, each of which was scanned using advanced technology to bring the fairways, greens, bunkers, trees, lakes and ponds to life. The trailer, viewed nearly 2 million times on Twitter, showed play from the island-green 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass.
Thomas, who missed nearly two months last year letting a wrist injury heal, hasn’t golfed much during his hiatus. He posted an Instagram video on Tuesday of his range work (“first time in a while!”).
“The first month I didn’t know what to do,” he said. “I feel like I’ve got it all pretty under control. I’m starting to go stir crazy and miss the competition. I haven’t been playing very much golf at all. I really haven’t practiced at all. I’ve been working out a lot, trying to get rested.”