Justin Thomas (right) with Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy at the Players Championship

Justin Thomas takes giant leap by dethroning Dustin Johnson to be world No 1 at the Players Championship

  • Thomas fired a final-round 66 at Sawgrass to complete a fabulous 18 months
  • TheĀ 25-year-old American became fourth-youngest player to hold the top spotĀ 
  • Tiger Woods was two poor swings away from finishing runner-up at Sawgrass

Gary Player predicted a few years ago that the age of the little man in golf would be all but over by now, as the game moved to a more athletic phase favouring behemoth jocks such as Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka.

Yet on Sunday at Sawgrass, we discovered that a David equivalent could still throw his pebble in time-honoured fashion and take down Goliath, just as the South African once did.

Justin Thomas (right) with Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy at the Players Championship
Justin Thomas (right) with Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy at the Players Championship

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