Justin Thomas’ track record at TPC Sawgrass is about as sturdy as you’ll find in the field this week.
He’s still getting a lot of publicity and promotion for his 2021 win due to ‘you-know-who’ not being allowed back to defend his 2022 title.
That year, JT got off to an inauspicious start with 71-71 before unleashing 64-68 to set the weekend record at the Players Championship (12-under 132). He likely would tell you he thinks it should’ve been better. Thomas lost more than two strokes to the field on the greens on Sunday.
He won by one over Lee Westwood, another LIV defected not welcome back in Ponte Vedra Beach.
Thomas has made the cut in all seven starts at this event. He’s finished T-35th or higher six times. His highest result besides the win was T-3rd (70-68-75-65) in 2016.
"“I love this place,” Thomas said in 2016 in a transcript from ASAP Sports. “I had a great chance to win last year and I just, something about this track and just the atmosphere, it’s a really fun tournament and I look forward to playing it every year.”"
If you count a T-25th out of 38 at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, Thomas has five top-25s in five starts in 2023.
He’s still seeking his first win since last year’s PGA Championship. That’s surprising, but this can be the stage JT gets back on track.
The former Alabama Crimson Tide’s closest call of late was a solo fourth at the WM Phoenix Open.
Thomas leads the PGA Tour in strokes gained around the green per round (.669). He’s got the artistry both from long range and close; to hit the shots Pete Dye demands of you.
Unfortunately for Thomas, he’s outside the top 100 in putting. That’s bound to change, especially as we continue through the southeast United States where he tends to play his best golf.