Thomas: Tiger ‘bummed’ to not be at Masters

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AUGUSTA, Georgia — In each of the outdated 4 years, Justin Thomas performed be aware rounds at Augusta Nationwide Golf Membership with two feeble Masters champions — Fred {Couples} and Tiger Woods.

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

“He did not really feel esteem getting up within the early chilly local weather this morning, so I made sure to present him some anguish,” Thomas acknowledged. “I invent now now not know if he would possess bailed on me if Tiger modified into as soon as with me, however he did on me.”

Woods, a 5-time Masters champion who closing received the match in 2019, is at dwelling in Florida, recuperating from helpful accidents he suffered in a single-automobile destroy exterior Los Angeles on Feb. 23.

He reached out on social media on Tuesday afternoon, asserting he’ll “go over working up” Dustin Johnson’s invoice on the Champions Dinner on Tuesday night.

I’m going to overlook out on working up @DJohnsonPGA’s invoice on the Champions Dinner tonight. It’s easy one among my present nights of the Twelve months.

— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) April 6, 2021

Thomas acknowledged he visited with Woods a few situations closing week and exchanged textual content messages with him Friday morning.

“He acknowledged it’s roughly beginning to position in,” Thomas acknowledged. “He’s bummed he is now now not proper right here taking part in be aware rounds with us, and we disfavor it, too.”

Woods, 45, underwent a great deal of hours of emergency surgical process to restore what docs known as “very important orthopaedic accidents” to his lower right leg and ankle. Scientific docs acknowledged Woods suffered comminuted open fractures — bones that had been damaged into bigger than two objects and with breaks within the pores and pores and skin — within the higher and reduce parts of the tibia and fibula of his right leg.

Woods is now now not anticipated to assist Tuesday night’s Champions Dinner hosted by Dustin Johnson. Woods hosted the match in November 2020 on the pandemic-delayed Masters.

{Couples}, 61, posted a photograph on Twitter on Tuesday night, via which he and one different member of his workforce had been carrying Tiger masks.

Pondering of my man @tigerwoods for the interval of this week @themasters. I’m going to overlook out on you tonight at dinner. Not the identical with out you.

— fredcouplesgolf (@fredcouplesgolf) April 6, 2021

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

“It modified into as soon as lawful to hunt him in first fee spirits and certainly now now not as … esteem once you hear of these points and also you mediate on the automotive and also you secret agent the fracture, it’s esteem, you watched he goes to be in a correctly being facility mattress for six months,” McIlroy acknowledged. “However he modified into as soon as certainly doing better than that.”

McIlroy acknowledged Woods could be ignored on the match he cherished to play probably the most.

“Any time Tiger Woods tees it up in a golf match, it’s better,” McIlroy acknowledged. “It’s better for the match. It’s better for the players which shall be fervent. It’s better for everyone. Sadly, he is now now not proper right here this Twelve months. Confidently, if his restoration goes correctly, who’s acutely aware of, he shall be encourage in 12 months’ time. However, yeah, he is usually ignored when he does not play in these grand events.

“I do know he is at dwelling and he is completely centered on the restoration course of, and I imagine esteem he is mentally strong satisfactory to construct up via that. And as soon as he does, damaged bones heal, and he is merely received to interact it step-by-step.”

Mentioned Thomas: “I might declare the factor for him is he is sadly been via rehab processes ahead of.”

On Jan. 19, Woods introduced that he underwent a microdiscectomy to alleviate nerve misery in his lower encourage. He beforehand had it carried out three situations — as soon as within the spring of 2014 and twice within the tumble of 2015. He had a spinal fusion in April 2017 that prevented him from swinging a golf membership for six months.

Woods received proper right here encourage from that surgical process in 2018 and received the Tour Championship that Twelve months, adopted by the Masters in 2019 and the Zozo Championship later that Twelve months.

Thomas acknowledged he has educated Woods, one among his shut mates, that he’ll enact no matter he must serve.

“That’s merely what I want to enact for him, is merely be esteem, ‘Dude, I’m going to enact something you esteem to own. When you occur to would esteem me to serve out alongside along with your kids, I’ll enact that. When you occur to may presumably presumably furthermore presumably be craving McDonald’s and also you esteem to own me to boost it over, dude, I invent now now not care. I am proper right here for you, and I’m going to serve out nevertheless I’ll,'” Thomas acknowledged.

One factor McIlroy took away from his talk to modified into as soon as that Woods’ trophy case is within the household room of his condominium, and Rory could not serve however secret agent that it contained handiest the trophies received at 15 essential championships.

“That’s largely frigid,” McIlroy educated Woods. “The place are the total others?”

McIlroy acknowledged Woods educated him that he did not know the assign that they had been, and that his mother had some and “a few are wherever.”

“I modified into as soon as using dwelling, and I modified into as soon as taking into account that’s all he cared about,” McIlroy acknowledged. “So how straightforward that should possess felt for him to own the total others.

“That changed into as soon as merely always in my thoughts, he talked about these are the 4 weeks that topic. … The totally totally different stuff should had been esteem be aware. Yeah, that’s all I might furthermore bear in mind about on the style dwelling. And I modified into as soon as happy he modified into as soon as okay, too.”

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