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Golf in the Gateway: Worlds best golfer tours AB, hits at Busch, visits the arch

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Justin Thomas hoists the PGA Championship trophy at the base of the Gateway Arch. (Credit: KMOV) Justin Thomas hoists the PGA Championship trophy at the base of the Gateway Arch. (Credit: KMOV)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- Justin Thomas, the number one golfer in the world, was in St. Louis Monday to play Bellerive ahead of the upcoming PGA Championship in August and take in the sights of the Gateway City.

The defending champion impressed, wrapping up a bogeyless round with an eagle on the 18th, hole dropping a ball in the cup from 160 yards down the fairway.

It was the first time he’d seen the course in Town and Country, and his tour of St. Louis attractions was just getting started.

Both the Cardinals and the Blues had representatives at Thomas’ media session. Alex Pietrangelo helped present him with a custom Blues jersey, and Dexter Fowler gave him a matching Cardinals counterpart.

Thomas then boarded a shuttle with the Wanamaker Trophy and headed out to the Anheuser-Busch Brewery.

Upon his arrival, he was introduced to a Clydesdale and given a good luck horseshoe.

Then, he was challenged to complete a surprise trick shot set up by the brewery.

Shooting through a crowd, over a road, over a fence and onto a green he couldn’t see, the 25-year-old Thomas dropped both attempts onto the green, but they both rolled off.

After a short tour, he headed to Busch Stadium where the Cardinals matched his trophy with one of their own.

The team presented Thomas with a commemorative bat, and invited him to take some swings on the field. While Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. and President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak looked on, Thomas took about 25 cuts off a pitcher.

Along for the ride were Thomas’ parents Mike and Jani, and while the world’s best golfer did his best to get a baseball over the wall, his proud father took pictures from behind the screen while sporting a huge grin.

Despite his best efforts, the Alabama grad wasn’t able to muscle any pitches past the warning track, but he had a blast trying.

The St. Louis tour closed at the Gateway Arch, where a crowd gathered to catch a glimpse of the PGA Tour champion. He hoisted the trophy up for a photo op before bidding the city farewell until later this summer.

The 100th PGA Championship returns to St. Louis August 9-12, where Thomas, along with 156 of the world’s best golfers, will play Bellerive.

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