Masters favoritism might hinder Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas claims | Golf


Justin Thomas just isn’t shocked Tiger Woods is being thought-about one of many favorites to contend on the Masters, however has warned such sudden and lofty expectations are unlikely to learn the fit-again celebrity.

Woods seems to have lastly shaken off critical long-term again issues to return to motion and swiftly method his bodily finest early this season, ending 12th, tied second and tied fifth in his final three PGA Tour appearances.

He was difficult on the ultimate day of the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Sunday, just for an errant drive at 16 to complete up out of bounds and finish his probability to win a match for the primary time because the Bridgestone Invitational in 2013.

However, the 14-time main champion is third favourite to win the opening main of the 12 months at Augusta subsequent month, behind world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy, who got here out on prime at Bay Hill final weekend. 

Chatting with the media forward of this week’s WGC-Dell Applied sciences Match Play at Austin Nation Membership, world No. 2 Thomas advised Woods deserves to be thought-about a reputable menace.

“If he is enjoying, you already know he’ll be up there as a favourite, particularly in Augusta,” Thomas mentioned. “And with the shape that he is proven currently, I did not anticipate something much less, to be sincere. 

“If he was displaying any kind of kind, not — attempting to say this in essentially the most non-gambling means — however [Las] Vegas simply is not going to allow you to get these sort of odds on Tiger Woods. He is most likely not a seven to at least one or no matter he could also be when it comes to if some other golfer on the planet would try this.

“However he is Tiger Woods, and there’s a level there for some time I keep in mind seeing the place he was like three to 2 to win tournaments or no matter. I imply it was simply unbelievable.” 

The newest of Woods’ majors got here on the U.S. Open in 2008, earlier than a succession of harm issues derailed his glittering profession.

And whereas the 42-year-old undeniably has loads of pedigree, Thomas is aware of his fellow American stays fallible to the doubts that have an effect on each member of the sphere throughout 4 demanding days within the spring highlight in Georgia. 

“He is performed nicely… it will likely be cool to go there and [be] one of many favorites, though in actuality it has no impression in any respect on how you are going to play or what you are going to do,” Thomas mentioned.

“If something, it might simply add a bit of bit extra strain as a result of extra eyes and extra highlight is on you.”

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