Justin Thomas believes Tigers Woods will attempt golf comeback: ‘I know how determined he is’

29 Nov 2021 | 11:44 | Golf

Tiger Woods was involved in a car crash back in February near Los Angeles that left the 15-time major winner with fractures in his lower leg and a long road to recovery ahead. The situation has left many to wonder whether we’ll ever see Woods grace us with his presence on the golf course again, but this week, longtime friend and fellow PGA Tour star Justin Thomas provided a small update on the potential comeback front.

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.

“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.”

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.”

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.

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.”

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.