Justin Thomas wished Tiger Woods was at TPC Sawgrass on Sunday so he could rub his victory in his face, after revealing the 15-time major winner has been giving him some grief over his recent performances.
It was an epic performance from Thomas on Sunday, who shot a 4-under par final round to top the leaderboard that saw Lee Westwood finish second in abck-to-back PGA Tour events.
After claiming his 14th PGA Tour title, Thomas was asked about Woods - much to the disapproval of multiple golf fans - and the 27-year-old said that the Big Cat had been on his case recently due to his recent results.
"I was replaying what Tiger told me a lot in my head," said Thomas. "He likes to give me a lot of grief, especially when he's not here, and, like Bryson said, we're all pulling for him, and I'm so glad to hear everything has been going well with him.
"Part of me wishes he was here so I could rub it in his face a little bit more! But no, I'm happy and I hope he's happy, and I always appreciate his help. He told me just to stay patient. There's been a lot of other stuff, but it's between us, and it's great.
"He's so nice to myself and Bryson and so many guys out here that if you would have told us when we were 15, 20 years old that Tiger Woods was texting us the night before we have a chance to win the tournament trying to inspire us, that's pretty cool."
Thomas was also delighted to play and win in front of spectators at TPC Sawgrass and although it was a limited capacity, he admitted he was feeling the pressure a lot more compared to the fanless events we have been accustomed to over the past year.
"I'll tell you what, it's a lot harder than when there weren't fans here, that's for sure," he added. "I'm so happy they're back and I'm so happy to be The Players champion. I fought so hard today, I stayed really patient, and that was probably one of the best rounds of my life tee to green.
"I had total control of the ball, and really was hitting a lot of good putts, just wasn't holing anything and I stayed patient and stayed patient. I've seen some pretty crazy stuff on TV happen in the past on this back nine, so I was glad to be on the better side of it this year."