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Monday, March 15, 2021

The Limerick Summary: 2021 THE PLAYERS

Winner: Justin Thomas

Around the wider world of golf: Antoine Rozner won the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters on the ET; Jaco Prinsloo won the Players Championship (no relation) on the Sunshine Tour; Andrew Evans won the Isuzu Queensland Open on the Australasian Tour; and Mone Inami won the Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Ladies Yokohama Tire Golf Tournament on the JLPGA (thanks, IC!).

Justin Thomas with THE PLAYERS trophy

I think the change to Daylight Savings Time on Saturday night played havoc with my Twofer Tuesday picks (and most of the field as well). I had Lee Westwood (2) and Collin Morikawa (T41). I was right about Collin being an untested quantity at TPC Sawgrass since this was technically his first PLAYERS (although he did play well on Sunday), but Lee very nearly gave me the win. Never underestimate the old guys!

  • Top10s: 8 for 20 (5 Top5s, 3 other Top10)
  • Winners: 0 for 10 events

It's no secret that Justin Thomas has had a rough 2021, starting with that... let's just call it a poor choice of words that surprised even him at the Sentry and cost him at least one sponsor (and a lot of introspection time). Then his grandfather died unexpectedly. And all of that just added to what he considered poor play -- although I see nothing worse than a T15 going all the way back to the US Open. He just hadn't won an event.

And to be honest, he was pretty flat for the first two rounds of THE PLAYERS, posting 71-71.

Then all he did was start working on records. He tied the record for lowest weekend score (64-68=132), with his Saturday round just missing the single round low score of 63. He tied the record for biggest Sunday comeback (he was five off the lead when the round started). He almost became the first player to win while hitting all 18 greens; he missed the 18th by a couple of inches. And the $2.7mil he earned for the win is also a record.

Not bad for a guy who's struggling!

So JT's Limerick Summary is a bit different than normal, as it focuses more on his personal troubles than his actual win. But I don't think he'll mind.

He’d made one mistake; yeah, he knew it—
A bad one; he couldn’t undo it.
But though it’s been rough
(So much personal stuff!)
Now JT has pushed his way through it.

The photo came from this page at golfweek.usatoday.com.

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