‘Like My Chances’: Justin Thomas After Shooting 8-Under 64 in Round 3 of The 2021 Players Championship

Published 03/14/2021, 1:44 PM EDT
Mar 13, 2021; Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA; Justin Thomas plays from the fairway on the 18th hole during the third round of The Players Championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass – Stadium Course. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


The 2021 Players Championship is headed towards a thrilling finish, just as expected. There are currently three players within three strokes off leader Lee Westwood, and Justin Thomas is one of them. Thomas enjoyed a brilliant Round 3 as he finished the day with the best score. 

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Justin Thomas went off aggressively in Round 3

How could one make the perfect start to a crucial round? By making four straight birdies, that’s how! Justin Thomas began Round 3 by making four straight birdies at the first, second, third, and fourth holes. 

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Though he immediately bogeyed the par-4 fifth, Thomas did not hold back and displayed his brilliance at TPC Sawgrass. The Saturday crowd was taken aback as Thomas shot the lowest score of the day with an 8-under 64 in Round 3.

A string of four consecutive pars at holes 12,13,14, and 15 only motivated Thomas to make a statement. He climbed up to the top of the leaderboard with an unbelievable eagle at the par-5 No. 16. 

It was an incredible effort from Thomas, who made a pair of 71s in the first two rounds. That didn’t help him get anywhere on the top of the leaderboard, but a spirited 64-stroke finish to Round 3 did. 

While Thomas is not the favorite to win The 2021 Players Championship, he is determined to keep fighting. If he puts up yet another 64-shot finish to the 18 holes, there are chances. 

“I would love to. I don’t think I need to, but I would love to because I would like my chances if I shot 64 again tomorrow,” Thomas replied when asked if he could replicate Round 3’s form on Sunday. 

Thomas got a kiss from his good luck charm before Round 4

Everyone needs a bit of luck during crucial moments in golf. Likewise, Justin Thomas is accustomed to getting a kiss from his pup Franklin before teeing off at tournaments. 

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Thomas is very attached to Frank and has posted about him on social media as well. It seemed important for Thomas that he had a moment with Frank before entering the course. Well, we’ll see how it works out for him in Round 4!

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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