Hurricane Florence has caused an estimated $1.2 billion of damage in South Carolina alone, and the impact of the storm is still being felt by agricultural industries and home owners across the Atlantic Coast. Thankfully, some of the areas most influential icons, including Charlotte Hornets Chairman and NBA legend Michael Jordan, are chipping in huge donations for hurricane relief to help begin the rebuild process.
This weekend, Justin Thomas, currently the No. 4-ranked golfer in the world, will not only be playing for the PGA’s Tour Championship, but he’ll be playing to make donations to help rebuild the damage caused by the massive storm.
A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Thomas is the 2017 PGA Player of the Year and defending FedExCup Champion, given to the tour’s overall winner on the season.
This weekend, the Tour Championship is being held at East Lake Golf Course near Atlanta, Georgia. Thomas enters the season’s final major event on tour ranked fifth in the FedExCup point standings with everything on the line, attempting to win the championship in back-to-back seasons for the first time ever.
Thomas announced on Twitter that he will be donating $1,000 for every birdie me makes this weekend and $5,000 for every eagle to Convoy of Hope, a faith-based response organization that will be aiding in relief efforts for those affected by the massive natural disaster.
If Thomas happens to record a hole-in-one? He’ll donate $10K.
The 25-year-old turned professional in 2013 after playing college golf for the University of Alabama Crimson Tide. He’s already recorded nine wins on the PGA Tour and won his first major in 2017 at the PGA Championship.
Also, Thomas has already qualified to represent the American team in the upcoming Ryder Cup alongside golfers like Brooks Koepka, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Tiger Woods.
Heading into the final event of the season, Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Rose, Tony Finau and Dustin Johnson, as well as Thomas, are the top-five golfers in the FedExCup standings with the best chance to win, but the field is still open to whomever steps up and wins this weekend.
The winner of the FedEx Cup gets a $10 million payday and bragging rights the rest of the offseason.
Regardless of how he finishes, Justin Thomas’ donations, which I’m sure will increase regardless of his performance, are going to something much more important for those who need the help most.