Justin Thomas fights back tears over grandfather death and pays tribute to Tiger Woods as he beats Lee Westwood to win Players Championship
Justin Thomas fought back tears in an emotional interview after winning the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass on Sunday.
The golfer claimed a one-shot victory over Lee Westwood to claim a 14th PGA Tour title and the £1.9million first prize.
Thomas’ grandfather, Paul, died at the age of 89 last month.
When asked how much a part Paul played in his Players Championship win, an emotional Thomas said: “Yeah, a lot. I wish I could talk to him, but I know he’s watching.”
The victory makes Thomas just the fourth player to win the Players Championship, a major championship, a World Golf Championships event and the FedEx Cup after Tiger Woods, Henrik Stenson and Rory McIlroy, who missed the cut in the defence of his title.
The 27-year-old paid tribute to his close friend Woods, who is recovering from multiple leg fractures that were suffered in a serious car crash in Los Angeles last month.
Thomas added: “I was replaying a lot of what he [Woods] told me in my head.
“He likes to give me a lot of grief, especially when he’s not here! We’re all pulling for him and I’m so glad to hear everything’s been going well for him.
“A part of me wishes he was here so I could rub it in his face a little bit more, but I’m happy and I hope he’s happy. I always appreciate his help.”