This Golfer Forgot He Won $10 Million
By Ryan Velez
Every now and then, someone might leave their wallet in the house when they go out. Maybe you thought you had cash but forgot to hit the ATM. Maybe you went out to eat but forgot to leave a tip. These are common mistakes? Leaving $10 million on the table by accident? It may seem impossible to forget, but Celebrity Net Worth tells a story of just that taking place.
Professional golfer Justin Thomas has a lot on his plate this year, to be fair. He turned in the eighth-ever sub-60 in PGA Tour history at the Sony Open. The 24-year-old then followed that up with a record-setting 63 at the U.S. Open, and finished second at the Tour Championship. Despite coming in second, his achievements over the past year earned him the FedEx Cup, which comes with a $10 million prize. A nice sum by any means. After two back-to-back wins in Hawaii, he treated himself with a custom Range Rover.
When the time came to spend this payoff, he didn’t, at least not at first. The problem was that he forgot the winner’s check. "[Kevin Chappell] asked me at the Presidents Cup, 'Did you get it?,'" Thomas recalled. "I was like, 'Get what?' He was talking about the bonus. I had to ask my dad if it had come in." While he managed to get his check and his money eventually, it looks like his $18 million from the PGA tour was enough to keep him going. As far as his next splurge goes? Nothing yet. "Maybe I got a little nicer bottle of wine at dinner, but not much," he said.
Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Thomas went pro in 2013, earning his tour card on the Web.com Tour through qualifying school. He won his first professional event at the 2014 Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship. His first PGA Tour victory would come in 2015, winning the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by a single stroke over Adam Scott. However, the 2016-2017 season marks his biggest period of success to date by far. Here’s hoping he remembers to pick up his winnings next time, as it looks like he still has plenty of victories ahead of him.