Justin Thomas: Beating LIV Golf insurgent would make Scottish Open win even sweeter
DP World Tour gamers who contested the primary LIV Golf occasion at Centurion Membership final month had been fined £100,000 and banned from the Scottish Open, however efficiently appealed in opposition to the sanctions on Monday.
Ian Poulter, Justin Harding, Adrian Otaegui and Branden Grace had been then added to the sector at Renaissance Membership, with Otaegui and Harding within the first group out on Thursday and Poulter and Grace in the identical place on Friday.
Justin Thomas admits successful the Genesis Scottish Open could be made sweeter if it got here on the expense of one of many LIV Golf rebels.
Requested about the opportunity of taking part in with one of many quartet later within the week, US PGA champion Thomas mentioned: “If I do know all 4 of them, then it is going to be positive. It will likely be straightforward.
“However even when I don’t, I don’t essentially assume we’re going to be having any like gamesmanship or needling one another on the market.
“On the finish of the day, they’re right here for a similar purpose we’re and that’s simply attempting to play properly and provides your self a chance to win the Scottish Open.
“If it so occurs that it involves that time and you’ve got a chance to beat one among them to win the event, it is likely to be slightly higher, however I’m positive they’d say the identical factor.”
Thomas and Rory McIlroy have emerged as essentially the most outstanding supporters of the PGA Tour in its battle in opposition to the Saudi-backed rival circuit, however the two-time main winner is eager to focus on his sport forward of subsequent week’s one hundred and fiftieth Open Championship at St Andrews.
“I’ll be the primary to say I’ve gotten wrapped up emotionally occasionally, and I’m allowed to do this. I’m obsessed with it and I really feel a sure means,” Thomas mentioned.
“However on the finish of the day, myself and others, at the beginning, must concentrate on taking part in good golf as a result of that’s the primary precedence.
“But when we will proceed to concentrate on bettering our product, getting our product pretty much as good as potential, then on the finish of the day now we have nothing to fret about.
“You by no means know what’s going to occur when it comes to different entities or different issues being thrown on the market however I believe we’re all very clearly happy with the place we’re at and we’re simply persevering with to make strides and progress and modifications which can be going to learn all people.”