World Number two Justin Thomas has revealed that he’s missing the presence of Tiger Woods around the greens at Augusta. Woods a five-time winner of the Augusta Masters recovering from a serious car crash in February. Thomas is unable to call upon the experience of his fellow Americans, Tiger Woods and Fred couples after practising with them for the past four years.
“Playing the practice rounds with him for sure. We texted Friday morning and he said it’s kind of starting to set in. He’s bummed he’s not here playing practice rounds with us, and we hate it, too.” Thomas said what he missed most about Wood’s absence. “I’m very, very lucky that I somehow got thrown into that practice round group with Tiger and Freddie (Couples) the last four years or whatever it is, especially around this place. I just follow them around like puppy dogs. Wherever they go, that’s where I go. If they hit chips from somewhere, I go hit chips from there.”
Thomas has won just one major title at the 2017 US PGA Championships. He held a share of the halfway lead at Augusta in November but finished fourth behind eventual winner Dustin Johnson. Thomas also revealed that he has had a number of “uncomfortable conversations” in recent times. These talks have helped him grow as a person on and off the course after he used a homophobic slur at January’s Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.