"I feel like today it was a little bit of a disappointment," Thomas said. "But I've played pretty well and I scored pretty well for how poorly I played today. I didn't hit many good shots and didn't really putt very well. I just kind of scraped it around.
"But I made the cut in a tour event as an amateur. I'm just finishing so I'm still kind of down on myself but I'm sure as the day progresses I'll look at the positives and I'm just going to go and try to shoot low on the weekend."
The Greenbrier Classic isn't quite Thomas' first foray into the pro game. He played in the 2009 Wyndham Championship and made the cut, becoming the third-youngest player to do so on the PGA Tour.
Despite his success, Thomas said he isn't anywhere near ready to follow in Cantlay's footsteps as far as turning pro.
"Not really," Thomas said when asked if he'd given becoming a professional any thought. "I've got a lot of things I want to do as an amateur still before I can really think about that."
With the move to the pro ranks, Cantlay has to give up his exemption into the British Open to capitalize on a sponsor's exemption into three PGA Tour events. The reason is simple: Cantley is trying to finish in the top 125 in earnings to avoid having to go through the dreaded qualifying school.
But just like Thomas is comfortable with where he is, Cantlay insists he is happy and confident with his decision.
"I think it's totally up to your own personal situation and what you've got going on with your family and inside your head," Cantlay said. "I don't think it's right for anyone to speculate on what's right and wrong."
There is an outside chance the two could be paired up for the third round round. Regardless of how far Cantlay will ascend, he has had one eye behind him and on Thomas.
"Justin Thomas is a really good player," Cantlay said. "I hope he does well."
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