Justin Thomas hasn’t forgotten about Leeds United despite competing in the US PGA Championship

Two-time major champion Justin Thomas has invested in the Championship club along with Jordan Spieth and Will Ferrell – and will compete in the US PGA Championship on Thursday

Justin Thomas invested in Leeds United through the ownership group of the San Francisco 49ers(Getty Images)

Justin Thomas will combine playing at his hometown US PGA in Louisville with cheering on Leeds United in the championship playoffs.

The two-time major champion and Jordan Spieth are minority shareholders of the Elland Road club after investing in the San Francisco 49ers’ ownership group last year. Hollywood star Will Ferrell also joined last week.

World number 31 Thomas is from Louisville and was “inspired” by Tiger Woods’ famous victory on the Kentucky Course in 2000. And the American is hoping to see more history made on the other side of the Atlantic by being promoted back to the Premier League via the playoffs – starting by beating Norwich in the semi-final second leg on Thursday after the opening round here.

“I’m really excited about my Thursday morning class,” he said. “That worked beautifully for that 3pm (8pm UK kick-off) game. I love the fact that he’s playing at Elland Road at the moment. I know they’re a tough team to beat over there, so I’m excited to see.”

Leeds, who drew the first leg 0-0 at Carrow Road, had failed to advance in five previous playoff attempts dating back to 1987. Thomas, who won his second US PGA title in a playoff in 2022, added: “My advice is very different from anything that would be useful or helpful to them, but I know I’ve really enjoyed learning a lot more about the sport. Between Billy Foster (Matt Fitzpatrick’s Leeds caddy) Jordan and I have definitely grown a lot closer over the last year and he’s given us a lot of information and knowledge about Leeds and stuff and he’s been sending us videos of Games.”

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Leeds United host Norwich City in the second leg of their play-off semi-final on Thursday(Joe Toth/REX/Shutterstock)

Thomas has struggled with his game over the past year and has missed the cut in four of his last five majors. But the 15-time PGA Tour winner, now 31, will enjoy huge public support this week. “It’s very special to be here,” he said. “I would say this tournament at this golf course is a lot of reasons I feel like for my love of professional golf and wanting to win majors and golf tournaments and see Tiger here in 2000 in person.

“Obviously I don’t remember much, being seven years old. But I remember being inspired, I was very amazed. I just haven’t been to anything that big. I mean, the energy that week was crazy.