Justin Thomas: "The Players remains the best"

"I understand what you mean about the world ranking and the guys who are or are no longer on tour. But that's the reality, and they chose to be in this situation"

by Andrea Gussoni
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Justin Thomas: "The Players remains the best"
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When Justin Thomas won the Players Championship in 2021, the top 20 players in the world present at TPC Sawgrass included Bryson DeChambeau, Jon Rahm, Patrick Reed, Dustin Johnson, and Brooks Koepka. However, these players are now part of the LIV Golf and can no longer participate in the tournament touted as the "fifth Major." This calls into question one of the main selling points of this event: "the best field in professional golf."

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Justin Thomas, however, is not entirely in disagreement with this rhetoric, stating that it's "just the reality" of the current situation.

Many golf stars are in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, this week, while others are waiting at home for their next tournament at Trump National Doral, the week before the Masters. "I mean, it's still the best field in golf, and it has been for many years," the American responded in a press conference.

"Yes, you can always argue that there are other tournaments that are or are not. The PGA Championship, for example, has always been the deepest field in terms of the number of players from the top 100." At this point, only the PGA Championship and the other three Majors can claim the title of the most competitive field in golf.

However, Justin Thomas gave a rather categorical response to the question of whether a victory at this week's Players Championship would be accompanied by an asterisk, a reference to Talor Gooch's statements that a Rory McIlroy victory at the Masters should be marked with an asterisk next to his title.

"I understand what you mean about the world ranking and the guys who are or are no longer on tour. But that's the reality, and they chose to be in this situation. I'm not going to have an asterisk next to my name for winning this tournament because the field may not be as good as other years, right?" The nearly complete top 50 in the world It must be admitted that this week's field of 144 players remains highly competitive with the presence of all the PGA Tour's top players and almost all members of the top 50 in the world.

They will also have the pressure of fighting for a $25 million prize fund. But the winner's check amount is irrelevant to Thomas. "I just want to play good golf and win tournaments, whether it's for a dollar, 10 million, or a billion dollars.

I always want to win the trophy they hand out on Sunday, and my best chance of doing that is probably to focus more on golf than on other things."

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