Justin Thomas is poised to compete in the Players Championship soon at TPC Sawgrass, the home of the tournament. Thomas' raved about his favorite course ahead of the tournament.
The 29-year-old is a big fan of everything Sawgrass has to offer and is looking forward to experiencing it once again as a member of the Players Championship field.
The World No.9 golfer said in a press conference:
"It's a special week. It's our championship, it's our tournament and the course is always in immaculate condition. Especially being in March, it's very, very green. Kind of the outlines, the fairway and the rough, it just all looks perfect. It's a place I look forward to coming every year. The golf course, I think, is extremely well-designed. I always enjoy playing here."
Thomas has played well in the Players Championship, which is unofficially called the PGA Tour's fifth major in the past. He was the 2021 champion and has never missed a cut for the event since his pro debut in 2013.
He's hoping his love for the greens and the amount of historical success he has had there will translate into another winning effort at the Players Championship.
Justin Thomas rips into LIV Golf
At the Players Championship, the field will be missing a few big names. All LIV Golf players are not allowed to compete, including reigning champion Cameron Smith.
It's going to be a very unique field for the 2023 version, but Justin Thomas isn't worried about that. In fact, he lit into LIV in the discussion.
Thomas said via Golf Week:
“Well, we have an astronomically higher amount of quality players than they do in their events. I think all of us have not been shy to say that, you know, this is stuff that we’ve been trying to do and have worked on. Obviously got sped up a crazy amount due to what was going on in the outside."
Many top golfers have defected to LIV, but Thomas still believes the talent in the PGA Tour is far superior. He continued, noting that the new PGA schedule features events similar to LIV:
“I don’t know, I mean if you’re just going to single out those events and have them only be the events we have, then, yeah, it’s extremely similar. But there’s a lot more going on over the course of an entire year on the PGA Tour than just the elevated events, I would say.”
The PGA Tour has made quite a few changes since the formation of LIV Golf. The rebel tour wanted to change the game of golf and they've inadvertently forced the Tour to make changes to prevent more of the mass exodus.
Despite that exodus, Justin Thomas still isn't worried about who's on LIV Golf or not. The PGA Tour, in his mind, is still better. That remains true for him at the Players Championship, where there will admittedly be a few significant absences.