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Welp, Alabama is also No. 1 in golf, thanks to Justin Thomas

Roll Damn Tide.

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Alabama just keeps getting richer, and this time it actually has nothing to do with Nick Saban’s football team. On Sunday, The Players Championship from TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra wrapped up, with Webb Simpson winning it, finishing 18-under on the weekend.

Finishing tied for 11th at 11-under was Justin Thomas, who although he didn’t win the tournament on Sunday, performed well enough all weekend to jump to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking, taking the top spot away from Dustin Johnson, who held it for the last 64 weeks.

Wanna know where Thomas went to college and played golf? The University of Alabama, folks. Thomas played for the Tide from 2011-13, before he went pro. He’s become a superstar and a big part of his identity on that rise has been as an Alabama superfan. You can hardly walk 10 yards in a Thomas gallery on the PGA Tour without someone yelling “Roll Tide”. Thomas even has a golfing elephant on his bag:

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Thomas even has a special friendship with Saban, too. A recent ESPN interview with Tom Rinaldi revealed that Saban and Thomas have spoken hours before and after some of the Tide’s biggest games recently:

”He’s like, ‘Hello?’ And I totally froze,” Thomas told Rinaldi.

Saban was happy to accept the call.

”He just wanted to congratulate me on a great game and all that,” said Saban. “Which is typical Justin.”

The two became friends when Thomas was first being recruited to play for the Crimson Tide golf team. Saban took time away from the Alabama-LSU football game day to meet with the highly-sought after Thomas, and they ended up talking voraciously about the game of golf.

”It was probably four hours before the game,” Thomas said. “And I was shocked that he was taking the time to talk to some no-name golfer from Kentucky. I just truly couldn’t understand. I kept thinking, ‘Why’s he in here talking to me? And how is he so calm?’”

Aside from Thomas’ ranking, you know which college football team is also No. 1 in the country right now? Alabama, after defeating Georgia in the national championship in January. Oh, and Alabama currently has the No. 1 recruiting class for 2019, according to the 247Sports Composite. Oh and Alabama’s women’s golf team is currently No. 1 in the country!

So yeah, things are pretty good for Alabama fans, even as the slow summer part of the college football offseason slowly creeps up on us.

Thomas, who’s just 25 years old is now the fourth-youngest golfer to be No. 1 in the world behind Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth, and Rory McIlroy.

“Being No. 1 in the world is a great accomplishment, but keeping that spot is more important to me,” Thomas said in a statement. “I am very proud of this achievement and do not take it for granted. I will definitely enjoy it for the moment, but I have to continue to work hard and focus on putting myself in contention every week I play.”

Here are some highlights of his Tide career, from Alabama’s website:

Thomas helped lead the Tide to the 2013 NCAA National Championship — the first in program history. The Goshen, Kentucky, native also became the first Alabama golfer to earn the Haskins Award and the Nicklaus Award, both of which are presented to the National Player of the Year, and the Phil Mickelson Award as the National Freshman of the Year. He was a two-time first team All-American and was also named the 2012 Southeastern Conference Golfer of the Year and Freshman of the Year.

Roll Damn Tide.