Players Championship: Top 10 power rankings for TPC Sawgrass

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Justin Thomas Fedex Cup
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Justin Thomas — 2nd

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Thomas hasn’t contended for a victory since January, but with a tie for 22nd at the Masters in his most recent start, it’s not like he’s completely in the woods. On the contrary, he remains one of the PGA Tour’s top 15 players in both strokes gained: off-the-tee and strokes gained: approach-the-green, as well as driving distance, greens in regulation and scoring average. His track record at TPC Sawgrass may not be extensive, but he’s been impressive in limited work — he closed with an outstanding 65 in last year’s event, rocketing into a tie for third. In the 12 months since that near miss, he’s only become more comfortable under pressure.

It’s been a long time since the Players Championship was last won by a player younger than 25 — Adam Scott, in 2004, was the last to pull it off. But with everything he has going for him, Thomas looks more than capable of bringing an end to that drought this week.

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