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Thomas pips Westwood to title - The Players Championship Review

The Players championship is always a huge event known as the 5th major.

It is held at TPC Sawgrass every year and always makes for interesting viewing.

It has one of the most famous holes in golf, the 17th island green which is one of the most difficult holes in golf due to the winds and the very small green.

Day 1- Sizzling Sergio

Thursday was a very good day for Ryder Cup hero Sergio Garcia. He was 7 under (his best round ever at the Players), he had terrific iron play and his putting was red hot. He finished his round Birdie , Birdie, Eagle! Elsewhere defending champion Rory Mcllroy had the worst round ever from a defending champion after he shot a 7 over, par 79. It was his worst round ever at the Players and he had a quadruple Bogey on the last hole. The 17th was playing very hard as per usual with 35 balls in the water, including 4 from one player Ben An. He finished with a 11, the second highest score ever on the hole. For the English players they had a decent start, Lee Westwood had a good round of 3 under and Matthew Fitzpatrick shot a 4 under.

Day 2- Excellence from English duo

It was a fantastic Friday for Lee Westwood after he shot a round of 6 under to put him 1 shot clear. Westwood’s solid driving and steady irons along with his brilliant short game put him in a great position for the weekend. Fitzpatrick had a very similar round, steady play with the big stick as well as magic from the flatstick as we are all used to. No Englishman has ever won at sawgrass but these two have the best chance in a long time. Elsewhere, Rory Mcllroy the defending champ missed the cut as well as other big names such as Tommy Fleetwood, Viktor Hovland, Tony Finau, Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay. Big driving DeChambeau made a move as well shooting 3 under. Also, Sergio Garcia got another eagle breaking the record for the most ever!

This all set up for a very very interesting weekend of golf.

Day 3- Americans soar and Westwood rises to the occasion.

What an exciting day of golf the Saturday session was. Justin Thomas had one of the rounds of the week shooting a 8 under 64, to make his way to 10 under for the tournament and 3rd place heading into the final day. Danny Ghim also had a very good round, shooting a superb 4 under to also put him to 4 under overall. Englishman Paul Casey had a rollercoaster of a round having 3 bogeys and 6 birdies and an eagle! DeChambeau had one of the best driving days at a very hard course including going driver, 9iron on a long par 5. He shot 5 under and was 2 shots off the lead. The main man in the lead was Lee Westwood, ageing like a fine wine he shot a 4 under round and as per usual played steady golf and putted well. The final pairing for the last round was the same as last week with Westwood and DeChambeau.

Day 4- Terrific Thomas Takes The Title

Justin Thomas ended up winning The Player Championship after shooting a round of 4 under. He became only the 4th player in history to win a major, a WGC (World Golf Championship), a Fed EX cup and a Player Championship! His 3rd round was excellent and his 4th counted the most and was also fantastic. The most important hole was the 11th, the par 5. Thomas eagled the whole and momentum swung in his favour. It was another chance missed for the Englishman Lee Westwood and he will rue only hitting 6/14 fairways and hitting 10/18 greens.

The so-called “5th” major didn't disappoint and it made very interesting viewing for Golf fans around the globe.

The next big tournament is the first major which is the Masters played at Augusta National in America

Written by Mac Egan