"He's Doing Well" - Justin Thomas Provides Tiger Woods Update

JT gave an update on Tiger's health and spoke about his potential return to the PGA Tour

Justin Thomas and Tiger Woods pictured walking together
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It was revealed last month by People Magazine that Tiger Woods is eyeing a "remarkable" return to the PGA Tour next year, and his good friend Justin Thomas seems confident the 15-time Major winner can pull it off.

Thomas, speaking on the No Laying Up podcast, says he knows how determined Woods is and that he is going to want to at least try to compete again.

The former World No.1 says that Woods, who he joked is still a "sarcastic a-hole", is “doing well, all things considered" but is currently experiencing a groundhog-day style life of recovery where he is spending time with his family.

JT visits Tiger's home each week, with the two forming a close bond in recent years.

“I don’t know. I know that he’s going to try. I don’t see him ever playing if he can’t play well," Thomas told No Laying Up on the prospect of Woods returning to pro golf.

"He doesn’t strike me as a guy that’s going to play at home 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 gonna be him.

“I think he knows that there’s a pretty good chance that 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. 

"But at the same time, as long as he can be a normal dad again, that’s the No. 1 priority again and the rest is a bonus.”

Tiger Woods plays a shot

Woods last competed at the Masters in November 2020

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Woods has won 82 PGA Tour titles and needs just one more victory on the circuit to surpass Sam Snead who he is currently tied with.

The 15-time Major winner last appeared at The Masters in November 2020, where he finished T38th.

He underwent a fifth back operation in December 2020 before suffering severe leg, ankle and foot injuries in a horrific LA car accident in February.

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Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-6. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!


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