Justin Thomas admits he misses Tiger Woods’ presence at the Masters … while revealing the 15-time big winner is’ bummed ‘he can’t compete at Augusta after his horror car crash
- World No. 2 Justin Thomas can’t wait to start at the Masters this week
- But the absence of Tiger Woods has created a great void at Augusta National
- Thomas admitted that he misses the 15-time big winner’s presence at Augusta
Justin Thomas has gained a precocious understanding of the various nuances of Augusta National Golf Course through regular practice rounds with Tiger Woods, an advantage he lacks at this week’s Masters where he will be chasing his first Green Jacket.
Thomas didn’t hesitate when asked on Tuesday what he missed most about this week’s absence of close friend and five-time Masters champion Woods, who is recovering at home from career-threatening leg injuries sustained in a horror car accident in February.
“Definitely play the practice rounds with him,” Thomas said during his pre-tournament press conference. ‘I went there a few times last week and tried it a few times during the week when I get home and see it.
World No. 2 Justin Thomas is going to Augusta to find his first green coat this week
‘We texted on Friday morning and he said it’s kind of starting to take off. He thinks it’s a shame he doesn’t play practice rounds with us here, and we hate it too. ‘
Thomas said that after Woods’s accident, he volunteered to help his friend in any way he could.
“That’s just what I want to do for him, is just be, dude, I’ll do whatever you want,” Thomas added.
‘If you need me to help with your kids, I can do that. If you want me to take you – if you crave McDonald’s and you want me to bring it dude, I don’t care, I’m here for you and I’ll help you how I can. ‘
Thomas shares a laugh with Tiger Woods during a practice round ahead of the 2018 Masters
World number two Thomas finished fourth at the Masters in November and has since warmed up, including a win last month at The Players Championship, golf’s unofficial fifth major.
The 27-year-old American, whose very strong game should suit him well at Augusta National, will play in the penultimate group on Thursday next to the 2010 British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen and Tony Finau.
Thomas, whose only major triumph came at the 2017 PGA Championship, admitted that his burning desire to win a Masters had at times diminished his chances of slipping into a green coat.
“For some reason, everyone wants to win a little bit more, and I certainly got sucked into that,” said Thomas. “But hopefully I have grown up a bit now at almost 28 years old and understand if and when it is my time it will happen.”