Justin Thomas wins The Players Championship for the first time in his career and celebrates his 14th career success (figure including a Major) on the PGA Tour (in 165 starts) before the age of 28. Emulating in this enterprise, since 1960, three champions such as Jack Nicklaus, Johnny Miller and Tiger Woods.
At Ponte Vedra Beach, with a partial final closed in 68 (-4) - with one eagle, four birdies and two bogeys - out of a total of 274 (-14) shots, the American overtook Lee Westwood's competition in the photo finish (leader after the second and third laps) second (for the eighth time in his career on the Tour and for the second consecutive week) with 275 (-13).
Third place (276, -12) for the Americans Bryson DeChambeau (who failed to repeat the exploit at the Arnold Palmer Invitational) and Brian Harman. Top 10 and ninth place (280, -8) for the Spaniards Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia.
On the path of the TPC Sawgrass (par 72), Dustin Johnson, world number 1, disappoints, only 48 / o (287, -1) like Jordan Spieth. A triumph for the grandfather, who recently passed away, and for Woods.
Justin Thomas' statements
Thomas at the end of the race was moved and dedicated the feat to two figures so important to his life.
"They have been difficult months - said the 27-year-old from Louisville between tears of joy - and this is a huge joy. I would love to talk to my grandfather and explain to him how happy he is for this success that I also dedicate to Tiger, with the hope he can recover.
soon" The Kentucky player with this success leaps from third to second position in the world ranking, overtaking Rahm and moving behind Johnson. Not only that: ten positions have climbed in the FedEx Cup, where he is now only behind DeChambeau.
In Florida Thomas made a big splash by also cashing a check for $ 2,700,000 for a combined prize pool of $ 15,000,000, the highest ever for any golf tournament. And with this victory he also becomes the fourth player after Woods, Henrik Stenson and Rory McIlroy to win The Players, a Major (the 2017 PGA Championship), a WGC and a FedEx Cup title.
For the sixth consecutive season Thomas also "collects" a victory on the top American circuit and is increasingly among the greats of men's golf. Still a joke for Westwood who, at almost 48 years old, continues to amaze without however being able to establish himself on the PGA Tour.
The English, number 1 in Europe in 2020, has been without success on the circuit since 2010. From 2019 only Webb Simpson had managed to finish two consecutive PGA Tour events in second place. The Players Championship gave entertainment and emotions.
And this year 66 balls ended up in the water at the iconic hole 17 of TPC Sawgrass against 45 in 2019 (in 2020 the tournament was canceled, due to Covid, after the first round), 54 in 2018 and 69 in 2017.