Good morning, WSTX Sports readers and Tiger Golf fans and welcome to The Players Championship LIVE DIARY on WSTXSports.com. This will be a running diary of this weekend’s Players Championship PGA Tour Event featuring our own Justin Thomas in Jacksonville, FL.
It has been a while since we have done one of these so let’s remind you of how this works! We will take you through the day with commentary of the scene with updates coming as often as possible. Refresh the page throughout the day to follow along. Tweet us questions at @WSTXSports or have fun and be a part of the conversation in the comment section below! Go Tigers!
(7:36 AM) Justin Thomas will be teeing off momentarily from TPC Sawgrass from Hole 10 with his partners for the first two rounds, Daniel Summerhays and Michael Putnam. Good luck, Justin!
(12:00 PM) Thomas is +1 thru 16* at The Players. He had only one bogey on 11, which is the only hole he didn’t shoot par. He sits at T42 at the moment, but only 6 strokes off the lead. The next hole for Thomas is the toughest in golf. The island at TPC Sawgrass is known for being one of the most difficult in the game. Let’s hope he lives up to the stamp he and Jordan Spieth got on their wedges. Non Splash Brothers.
(5:40 PM) Justin finished at +1 for the First Round of The Players at TPC Sawgrass. That’s good for T81, but still only 6 strokes off the lead. Plenty of golf is still to be played and slots are there to be moved up on the leaderboard. Tomorrow afternoon, Thomas will tee off at 12:46 PM in the Second Round. We’ll be back with more updates tomorrow! For now, Go St. X… Beat The Weeds!
(12:13 PM) This morning, before Justin tees off in the second round of The Players, he took to Twitter to congratulate Tiger Golf’s Allen Hamilton on his commitment to Kentucky. Very cool to see the pro giving props to the rising senior. Hamilton will join Thomas as a Former Tiger that has gone on to play in the SEC when his time at St. X is finished.
The projected cut is looking to be at E for the tournament with so many golfers in the red after the first round. Justin will have to put together a nice outing today to continue on to tomorrow. We know he’s more than capable of coming through with a big day. Now that he’s felt out the course a little bit, it’s time for him to make a move. You can watch the second round of The Players live on Golf Channel from 1:00-7:00 PM today.
(6:24 PM) Justin Thomas is in the clubhouse after he had a great second round, shooting a 70 to bring him to -1 overall for the tournament. The projected cut is E like we said this morning, so Justin looks to have played him into the weekend at The Players. Congratulations to the Former Tiger! It’s almost not even a big deal to see him making the cut on the tour. Still a great accomplishment and especially this weekend in a tournament such as The Players.
(11:53 PM) So this just happened. Justin Thomas hit his tee shot on the 8th straight into a fans’ cup holder. Hole in one?
(8:00 PM) The Tiger Sports world had an unbelievable day as Tennis clinched a spot in the state semifinals, Rugby crushed their opponent and Volleyball went 3-1, but the most impressive performance had to have came from Former Tiger Justin Thomas. Thomas posted an incredible 65 in the third round of The Players. For the first time in the history of TPC Sawgrass, a 10 birdie day was posted… yep, by Justin! Over 14,000 rounds have been played at one of the toughest courses in the country and the 22 year old rookie was the first to accomplish that feat.
Thomas moves to -8 overall in the tournament, which puts him tied for 5th. At one point before the leaders teed off, he was tied for the lead. Golf experts call Saturday, moving day and Justin certainly moved in the right direction. If he can duplicate today’s performance or even come close to it, he’ll have a chance to bring home his first PGA Tour win.
(10:52 PM) Good morning and Happy Mother’s Day to Tiger Nation! Justin Thomas has been paired with Sergio Garcia for the Final Round of The Players today and they will tee off at 2:15 PM from TPC Sawgrass. Thomas is two shots off the lead entering the last day and has a legitimate shot to bring home the hardware (and huge check) later on today! Good luck Justin!
(2:47 PM) Justin Thomas just birdied the second hole and is now one shot off the lead. The Golf Channel analysts broke down who stood out on the leaderboard heading into the final round. Click on the picture below to listen in on what they had to say about our own Justin Thomas.
(2:54 PM) Thomas bogeys the third hole to move back to -8 and two shots off the lead at The Players. Ben Martin and Chris Kirk are tied at -10 for the lead at the moment. Justin heads to the fourth at TPC Sawgrass.
Five years after playing in a AJGA event in Jacksonville at TPC Sawgrass, Justin Thomas will return to participate in the 2015 Players Championship. Note: the picture above is when Justin was 13, not 5 years ago, but he still was a youngin last time he played this course and a St. X student still.
The Players Championship is one of the biggest golf events of the year and will feature all the big time players like Tiger, Phil and Rory and of course our own Justin Thomas. The tournament will get underway on Thursday and we will keep you updated on how the Former Tiger fairs down in Jacksonville all weekend long.