(Reuters) – World quantity two Justin Thomas is “ecstatic” concerning the possibility of competing in the Tokyo Olympics, as he appears to be like to maintain his momentum rolling at WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in Austin, Texas, this week.
Fresh off his first Players Championship win at TPC Sawgrass per week in the past, the 27-year-old American is in prime place to safe a spot at the July 23-Aug. 8 Games — a tantalizing possibility, Thomas mentioned.
“I hope I qualify because I think that would be one of the coolest honors that I’ve ever had,” the 2017 PGA Championship winner instructed reporters on Monday, after world primary Dustin Johnson confirmed earlier this month that he would skip Tokyo.
“It’s probably one of the only tournaments that I would brag about playing in or qualifying for, the fact that I would be able to play for Team USA in the Olympics.”
Thomas, who has completed in the highest 15 in 9 of his final 10 begins, should maintain his regular and powerful efficiency going till the top of the lads’s June 21 qualifying window to guide a ticket to the Tokyo Games, which had been delayed by a yr because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He defeated England’s Lee Westwood by one stroke at Sawgrass for his inaugural Players Championship win, incomes the applause of 15-times main winner Tiger Woods, who texted his help whereas recovering from accidents sustained in a brutal automobile accident final month.
“(Woods) was in great spirits,” mentioned the 14-times PGA Tour winner. “My dad said he was texting him the whole day, giving him grief about what was going on, so it was good to see he was watching.”
Thomas faces off in opposition to fellow American Matt Kuchar, defending champion Kevin Kisner and South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen in the primary spherical of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club on Wednesday.
(Reporting by Amy Tennery; modifying by Clare Fallon)