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Woods, Thomas spending time off course and in same pairing

Woods, Thomas spending time off track and in similar pairing

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Tiger Woods and Justin Thomas are separated by about 17 years on the calendar and 70 victories on the PGA Tour, neither of which has stored them from changing into pals away from golf.

Thomas first met Woods in 2015 on the vary at The Players Championship his rookie 12 months. They grew nearer a 12 months later throughout among the darker moments for Woods when his again was killing him, he wasn’t taking part in and had days the place it was robust to stroll. His future was by no means extra unsure.

Both are represented by Excel Sports, and Thomas requested agent Mark Steinberg if it was OK to succeed in out to Woods. Thomas and Rickie Fowler turned common guests.

“I was thinking about him and wanted to hang out,” Thomas stated. “That’s when we became close. He couldn’t do much. We wanted to make sure he was still positive, not getting down on himself, that we were still believing in him.”

Now they appear to spend as a lot time on the golf course.

Woods and Thomas shall be taking part in collectively the opening two rounds of the Genesis Invitational, joined this 12 months by Steve Stricker, as Woods goes for his file 83rd victory on the PGA Tour. It’s the third straight 12 months that Thomas and Woods have been within the weekday teams at Riviera, which most likely isn’t a coincidence, particularly now that Woods is the event host.

Thomas was requested late final 12 months why Woods likes him.

“I don’t know,” he stated. “To be honest, because I don’t view him as Tiger Woods. I view him as one of my buddies. I needle him. To be perfectly honest, I don’t kiss his (behind) like some people do. I absolutely respect him so much, and how much time he’s given me. But it’s just two buddies hanging out.”

They appear to hang around loads contained in the ropes. Even although Thomas and Woods have performed in the identical occasion solely 35 instances since Thomas joined the PGA Tour in 2015, they have already got performed collectively in 14 rounds.

More alarming is the file. In the early years for Woods, it was uncommon for anybody to have a better share posting the decrease rating. In the 14 instances Woods and Thomas have been in the identical group, Thomas has a 10-1-Three benefit.

The solely time Woods bought him was the ultimate spherical within the Bahamas final 12 months, and Thomas continues to be fuming about that. Looking again, he was extra caught up in beating Woods than successful the event, and he fears it price him.

They began out two photographs behind Gary Woodland, taking part in a couple of teams forward of the leaders.

“I was so wrapped up in beating him that I forgot about the tournament,” Thomas stated. “”I used to be tied for the lead with seven holes left. All I needed to do was go 2 or Three beneath. I simply keep in mind getting achieved and I used to be so mad. I’ve performed a number of golf with him, however by no means on a Sunday the place we each had an opportunity.”

As taking part in captain on the Presidents Cup per week later, Woods took Thomas as his accomplice in two staff matches, which they gained. Woods stated on Tuesday that he carried Thomas in these two matches, which bought no argument from the teenager. Thomas replied Wednesday that if he hadn’t made a 15-foot birdie putt on the final gap of the second session, Woods wouldn’t have gone undefeated for the week.

There’s the needle.

Woods remembers these days when he might solely play 4 tournaments – two at his vacation occasion within the Bahamas – over two years. He says Thomas and his father, Mike, would come by and ask him easy methods to hit numerous short-game photographs. He additionally realized that Thomas wasn’t there to be his lackey.

“J.T. always wants to win,” Woods stated. “”He’s extremely motivated and intensely aggressive, and we compete in every part we do collectively. That’s one of many issues that I liked about him once I exited the sport for just a little bit and he was form of coming onto the scene. He’s so and thirsty for data”

Riviera doesn’t maintain the perfect of recollections for both one.

This is the one course the place Woods can’t appear to win. He is 0-for-10 as a professional. Next in line for programs the place Woods has performed probably the most with out successful are Sheshan International in Shanghai and the TPC Scottsdale for the Phoenix Open. He has performed every 4 instances.

Thomas performed Riviera in 2012 on the NCAA Championship when Alabama met Texas for the title. He misplaced his match towards Jordan Spieth, who holed a fairway bunker shot on the 15th for eagle. What stung simply as badly was shedding a 5-shot lead within the last spherical final 12 months to J.B. Holmes.

For each, there’s loads to maintain their minds occupied this week. Riviera boasts the strongest area of the 12 months to this point, with 9 of the highest 10 on this planet. Rory McIlroy heads the listing, having returned to No. 1 on this planet this week.

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