Tiger Woods Is ‘Bummed’ to Miss The Masters, Justin Thomas Says

by Joe Rutland
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Tiger Woods, who is still recovering from injuries suffered in an auto accident, is “bummed” that he’s missing The Masters this week.

That’s according to Justin Thomas, a close friend of Woods on the PGA Tour. Woods made a triumphant return to the PGA’s yearly pilgrimage to Augusta, Ga., by winning The Green Jacket in 2019.

“We texted Friday morning, and he said it’s kind of starting to set in,” Thomas said during a press conference on Tuesday, according to TMZ. “He’s bummed he’s not here playing practice rounds with us, and we hate it too.”

Thomas Makes Time To Visit Tiger Woods While At Home

Thomas said he would miss playing those practice rounds with Woods.

“I’d gone over to see him a couple of times last week,” Thomas said. “I’ve tried to go over a couple of times every week when I’m home to see him and, yeah, he texted Freddy (Couples) and I this morning saying that it’s kind of setting in.”

Thoams said that he felt very lucky that he got thrown into a practice round with Couples and Tiger Woods during the last four years.

“Especially around this place, I just follow them around like puppy dogs,” he said. “Wherever they go, that’s where I go after it and if they hit chips somewhere, then I go hit chips there.”

Woods, Couples Have Masters Wins In Common

He said it’s no coincidence that Woods and Couples have done so well at The Masters.

“They’re also just great guys to be around,” Thomas said. “Hopefully, I’ll get a chance to play with Freddy tomorrow (Wednesday). He didn’t feel like getting up in the early cold weather this morning (Tuesday). I made sure to give him some grief. I’m not sure if he would have bailed on me if Tiger had been with me.”

As mentioned earlier, Tiger Woods last won The Masters in 2019. It marked his fifth Masters championship. His previous titles were in 1997, 2001, 2002, and 2004. Couples won his lone Masters title in 1992.

It was a memorable moment because Couples met his University of Houston roommate, CBS broadcaster Jim Nantz, after his victory at Butler Cabin to receive his Green Jacket.

Woods will be watching The Masters, like millions of others, from home this year.