Justin Thomas: Beating LIV Golf rebel would make Scottish Open win even sweeter | BreakingNews latest
Ian Poulter, Justin Harding, Adrian Otaegui and Branden Grace successfully appealed to be able to compete at the tournament.
Justin Thomas admits winning the Genesis Scottish Open would be made sweeter if it came at the expense of one of the LIV Golf rebels.
DP World Tour players who contested the first LIV Golf event at Centurion Club last month were fined £100,000 (€116,000) and banned from the Scottish Open, but successfully appealed against the sanctions on Monday.
Ian Poulter, Justin Harding, Adrian Otaegui and Branden Grace were then added to the field at Renaissance Club, with Otaegui and Harding in the first group out on Thursday and Poulter and Grace in the same position on Friday.
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Asked about the possibility of playing with one of the quartet later in the week, US PGA champion Thomas said: “If I know all four of them, then it will be fine. It will be easy.
“But even if I don’t, I don’t necessarily think we’re going to be having any like gamesmanship or needling each other out there.
“At the end of the day, they are here for the same reason we are and that’s just trying to play well and give yourself an opportunity to win the Scottish Open.
“If it so happens that it comes to that point and you have an opportunity to beat one of them to win the tournament, it might be a little better, but I’m sure they would say the same thing.”