Justin Thomas didn’t need to speak about missed cuts, his mastery of match play and even the story behind the naming of The Concession Golf Membership, which he stated he’d by no means heard earlier than.
Thomas was extra involved about Tiger Woods, his Presidents Cup captain, his mentor and one in every of his closest mates. Simply 10-Quarter-hour earlier he’d discovered that Woods was involved in a single-car accident in California.
“I’m sick to my abdomen,” he stated as his eyes started to water. “You already know, it hurts to see one in every of your – now one in every of my closest mates get in an accident. Man, I simply hope he’s all proper. Simply fear for his youngsters, you already know. I’m positive they’re struggling.”
Thomas, who is about to play the WGC-Workday Championship this week, did his finest to keep up his composure and reply the remaining handful of questions, however it was clear his head was elsewhere. He’s already endured being embroiled in controversy after utilizing a homophobic slur at a golf match in Hawaii in January and discovered of the dying of his grandfather, Paul Thomas, 89, whereas competing in Phoenix. The World No. 3 has missed the lower in two of his final three begins worldwide.
“It’s been a tricky yr. I imply, self-inflicted, however yeah, it’s been powerful,” he stated. “It’s part of life, stuff occurs. I’ve been engaged on myself and I’ve made nice strides, I really feel like, in changing into a greater, stronger man with the errors that I made.
“It’s unlucky what occurred with my grandpa and yeah, identical to I stated, I hope Tiger’s all proper. I’ve simply acquired to get again to fret about taking part in golf and attempt to do pretty much as good as I can as a result of that’s the one factor that I can management.”
In the meanwhile, Thomas was extra involved with what he couldn’t management and that was the standing of his good good friend Woods.