Thomas: Tiger ‘bummed’ to not be at Masters


AUGUSTA, Georgia — In every of the earlier 4 years, Justin Thomas performed observe rounds at Augusta Nationwide Golf Membership with two former Masters champions — Fred {Couples} and Tiger Woods.

Thomas stated {Couples}, the 1992 Masters winner, blew him off Tuesday morning.

“He did not really feel like getting up within the early chilly climate this morning, so I made positive to present him some grief,” Thomas stated. “I do not know if he would have bailed on me if Tiger was with me, however he did on me.”

Woods, a five-time Masters champion who final received the occasion in 2019, is at dwelling in Florida, recovering from severe accidents he suffered in a single-car wreck outdoors Los Angeles on Feb. 23.

He reached out on social media on Tuesday afternoon, saying he’ll “miss working up” Dustin Johnson’s invoice on the Champions Dinner on Tuesday evening.

Thomas stated he visited with Woods a few instances final week and exchanged textual content messages with him Friday morning.

“He stated it is sort of beginning to set in,” Thomas stated. “He is bummed he is not right here enjoying observe rounds with us, and we hate it, too.”

Woods, 45, underwent a number of hours of emergency surgical procedure to restore what docs known as “important orthopaedic accidents” to his decrease proper leg and ankle. Medical doctors stated Woods suffered comminuted open fractures — bones that have been damaged into greater than two items and with breaks within the pores and skin — within the higher and decrease parts of the tibia and fibula of his proper leg.

Woods will not be anticipated to attend Tuesday evening’s Champions Dinner hosted by Dustin Johnson. Woods hosted the occasion in November 2020 on the pandemic-delayed Masters.

{Couples}, 61, posted a photograph on Twitter on Tuesday evening, during which he and one other member of his group have been carrying Tiger masks.

Rory McIlroy, who additionally lives in South Florida, stated he visited Woods for a few hours at his dwelling on March 21.

“It was good to see him in respectable spirits and truly not as … like while you hear of this stuff and also you take a look at the automotive and also you see the crash, it is like, you assume he will be in a hospital mattress for six months,” McIlroy stated. “However he was really doing higher than that.”

McIlroy stated Woods can be missed on the match he cherished to play essentially the most.

“Any time Tiger Woods tees it up in a golf match, it is higher,” McIlroy stated. “It is higher for the match. It is higher for the gamers which might be concerned. It is higher for everybody. Sadly, he is not right here this 12 months. Hopefully, if his restoration goes effectively, who is aware of, he may very well be again in 12 months’ time. However, yeah, he is all the time missed when he would not play in these massive occasions.

“I do know he is at dwelling and he is absolutely centered on the restoration course of, and I really feel like he is mentally sturdy sufficient to get via that. And as soon as he does, damaged bones heal, and he is simply acquired to take it step-by-step.”

Mentioned Thomas: “I might say the factor for him is he is sadly been via rehab processes earlier than.”

On Jan. 19, Woods introduced that he underwent a microdiscectomy to alleviate nerve ache in his decrease again. He beforehand had it finished thrice — as soon as within the spring of 2014 and twice within the fall of 2015. He had a spinal fusion in April 2017 that prevented him from swinging a golf membership for six months.

Woods got here again from that surgical procedure in 2018 and received the Tour Championship that 12 months, adopted by the Masters in 2019 and the Zozo Championship later that 12 months.

Thomas stated he has advised Woods, one in every of his shut associates, that he’ll do no matter he wants to assist.

“That is simply what I need to do for him, is simply be like, ‘Dude, I will do something you need. In the event you want me to assist out together with your children, I can do this. In the event you’re craving McDonald’s and also you need me to carry it over, dude, I do not care. I am right here for you, and I will assist out nonetheless I can,'” Thomas stated.

One factor McIlroy took away from his go to was that Woods’ trophy case is within the household room of his home, and Rory could not assist however discover that it contained solely the trophies received at 15 main championships.

“That is actually cool,” McIlroy advised Woods. “The place are all of the others?”

McIlroy stated Woods advised him that he did not know the place they have been, and that his mother had some and “a couple of are wherever.”

“I used to be driving dwelling, and I used to be considering that is all he cared about,” McIlroy stated. “So how straightforward that should have felt for him to win all of the others.

“That was simply all the time in my thoughts, he talked about these are the 4 weeks that matter. … The opposite stuff should have been like observe. Yeah, that is all I might take into consideration on the best way dwelling. And I used to be glad he was okay, too.”


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