Justin Thomas believes Tigers Woods will try to get golf back: ‘I know how determined you are’

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Justin Thomas believes Tigers Woods will try to get golf back: 'I know how determined you are'

“I don’t know. I know that he’s going to try,” Thomas said. “I don’t see him ever playing if he can’t play well. He doesn’t strike me as a guy that’s played at home and is shooting a bunch of 75s and 76s and he’s like, ‘All right, I’m gonna go give Augusta a try this year.’ That’s just not really gonna be him. I think he knows that there’s a pretty good chance [his previous comeback] might be the last chance he really ever had before that of kinda making another run. But at the same time, I know how determined he is. I know he’s gonna want to at least try to give something again. Obviously, I hope he does. Like I said after the accident, as long as he can be a dad and be normal with that again, that’s the No. 1 priority and the rest is a bonus.”

Woods has not made many public appearances since the February car accident, but Thomas says he visits him a few times a week when he is not traveling. 

Woods’ foundation puts on the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas from Dec. 2-5, where Thomas will be in the field alongside Jordan Spieth, Brooks Koepka, Rory McIlroy, Bryson DeChambeau and Collin Morikawa among others. It is unknown if Woods will speak to the media at that time, but even during some of his heavier injury years, he often held court at that event. That is the most likely spot for him to say anything publicly for the first time since his accident.

Describing Woods’ current situation during rehab, Thomas said, “It’s groundhog day — every day is exactly the same for him. He’s able to be a dad again, which is most important. He’s still his sarcastic a-hole self, so nothing’s really changed there. So I’m glad to see he’s as chipper as always.”

Story Highlights

  • Thomas appeared on the “No Laying Up” podcast where he gave an update on how Woods’s status post-crash. He said he can only see the golf legend returning if he can play at an elite level, and that he thinks Woods will likely try.

  • Thomas, who has kept in close contact with his good friend, went on to reveal Woods has been spending his recovery time being a “normal dad again” while prioritizing family and rest. He said Woods is “doing well, especially all things considered.”