Thomas is looking to become the first player to earn back-to-back wins at The Players; Sky Sports will show 24-hour coverage throughout the week live on Sky Sports’ dedicated Players Championship channel
By Ali Stafford
Last update: 22/03/04 21:35
A look back at the best of The Players 2021 final round action at TPC Sawgrass.
Justin Thomas is relishing the opportunity to create PGA Tour history at The Players, a year after storming to an impressive win at TPC Sawgrass.
Thomas produced a brilliant display to overturn a seven-shot deficit over the weekend and win the PGA Tour’s showpiece event last March, posting innings of 64 and 68 to complete a wideout shot of veteran Lee Westwood.
The 14-time PGA Tour winner has been winless since last year’s success but arrives in Florida having finished in the top eight five times in his last six global starts, with Thomas now keen to become the first player to defend successfully his title. at The Players.
One of the biggest events on the PGA Tour schedule takes place this month, with round-the-clock coverage of TPC Sawgrass players live on Sky Sports’ dedicated Players Championship channel.
“I really hope to change that!” Thomas said sky sports. “I think there are a lot of reasons why it’s hard to defend. It’s just really hard to win a golf tournament and obviously it’s hard to win back to back in a place like this. !
“I was lucky to have a chance to win after a great run on Saturday. It was our first real event in a long time with a lot of fans. You could feel the energy and the atmosphere and I loved it , so it’s obviously an amazing memory for me.”
The Live Players Championship
March 10, 2022, 11:30 a.m.
Few would have expected Thomas to mount a serious title challenge after starting the week with a straight 71, only to go into the chase with a performance of the day in round three.
Thomas entered the final day three shots behind Westwood and struggled through his front nine, with the American crediting his patience after an inspired stretch around the corner helped him to the win.
“I was playing very well at the start, I just couldn’t do anything,” added Thomas. “I was hitting a lot of good putts, but they were just burning edges.
“It’s frustrating because when it happens on a Thursday and a Friday you understand that you have a lot of golf left, but with 18 holes remaining and from the third day I couldn’t do much of it. other.
The Live Players Championship
March 8, 2022, 2 p.m.
“I hit every green on the front nine but had a terrible three putt on the eighth and then birdie on the ninth for my first of the day. I could have easily putt three, four , five under that front nine, but luckily I was still there.
“I then birdie the 10, eagle 11 and birdie 12 and then the next thing you know I was in a great position. That’s the kind of thing that can happen on this course, c That’s why it was very important to remain patient.”
Justin Thomas took the solo lead at The Players for the first time by following back-to-back birdies from the ninth as he drilled a 20-foot eagle in the 11th.
The 28-year-old is among the pre-tournament favorites for this week’s star-studded event, with the tournament’s 40th anniversary being held at TPC Sawgrass for the first time, with Thomas enjoying the challenge the layout offers.
“To me, Sawgrass is so special and unique,” Thomas explained. “It really is, I think, one of the best designed courses I’ve ever played and it requires so many different shots.
“Strategically you can play a little bit differently, but for the most part everyone hits pretty much the same places and has pretty much the same clubs on the greens.
Before the players, live on Sky Sports’ dedicated Players Channel, peek into the tournament archive and enjoy some of the best putts ever at TPC Sawgrass’ iconic par-three 17th.
“Par-fives are great in terms of risk-reward. We don’t have a lot of par-72 courses anymore with four par-fives, and you can make four as easily as six on any of them. .
“A lot of the holes require you to shape it one side off the tee and the other towards the green, and I really think this golf course brings out all aspects of your game so that you are the best at the end of the week.”
Will Thomas be able to defend his title at The Players this week? Watch round-the-clock coverage of TPC Sawgrass live on Sky Sports’ dedicated Players Channel. Live first-round coverage begins Thursday from 11:30 a.m.