Justin Thomas ‘getting back to the grind’ ahead of 2023 Ryder Cup (with a little fun on the side)

Golf fans missed seeing Justin Thomas in the FedEx Cup Playoffs after the former world No. 1 failed to qualify for the PGA Tour’s season-ending stretch last month.

So what’s he been up to since? The 30-year-old has spent the last two weeks at the Troubadour Golf and Field Club near Nashville in College Grove, Tennessee, working on his game and having a little fun on the side.

Thomas shared a post on Instagram that featured a slow motion swing video (that looks dangerously close to a Roy McAvoy training aid from Tin Cup), as well as pictures of a fish he caught, a night with country music star Eric Church and a suite at his alma mater Alabama’s first football game of the season.

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Despite his struggles this season, United States Ryder Cup captain Zach Johnson selected Thomas with one of his six captain’s picks to complete his 12-player team bound for Marco Simone Golf and Country Club, Sept. 29-Oct. 1, for the 2023 Ryder Cup. Johnson cited JT’s past experiences and passion for the event as his reason for picking him: “In my mind, he was born for this and you just don’t leave JT at home.”

Thomas will make his third appearance for the red, white and blue later this month near Rome and will look to improve on an already stellar 6-2-1 record.

Before the Ryder Cup, Thomas will tee it up for the first time in his PGA Tour career at the 2023 Fortinet Championship at Silverado Country Club in Napa, California, where he’ll be joined in the field by two-time defending champion Max Homa.

Who knows, if things go well in Napa, maybe we’ll see the pool noodles on the range in Rome, too.

Story originally appeared on GolfWeek