Taking into consideration Tiger Woods is, y’know, Tiger Woods, we never hear a great deal about him these days. We see him even significantly less. A passing image will pass by means of social media listed here or there he’ll be attending a kid’s sporting celebration or heading to a doctor’s appointment. But he’s not particularly heading out for groceries and his electronic footprint is around-zero, help you save for a couple of bulletins about his foundation or investments.
Woods’ social circle is not massive, and of those people that see him, several provide updates. So as we tactic nine months considering that Woods’ Los Angeles automobile accident, the issue of the most well-known golfer of all time remains mainly not known.
But now and then we get bits and pieces from those people who have been in touch with him. Rory McIlroy. Rickie Fowler. Steve Stricker. But of all the PGA Tour pros, Justin Thomas looks to have the most day-to-working day make contact with with Woods. So when he supplied an update on the No Laying Up podcast earlier this 7 days, that was about as near to a initial-man or woman supply as we’re probably to get.
“I’d say I probably go above and see him two or a few situations a 7 days when I’m house,” Thomas reported. “I go around there extra so to permit our canine play and dangle out — it wears our pup out. But yeah, he’s carrying out nicely. In particular all items regarded, I consider he’s…I mean, it is Groundhog Working day, every single day’s the precise exact same point for him. But at least he’s in a position to — pictures had been going all-around of him at [his son] Charlie’s match, [his daughter] Sam’s soccer tournaments here and there. He’s in a position to be a Dad relatively once again, which is most critical.”
Thomas extra that Woods’ temperament remains mainly unchanged.
“He’s still his sarcastic a—— self so almost nothing has altered there, so I’m glad to see that he’s nevertheless chipper as often,” he said with a snicker.
Podcast host Chris Solomon described that while he was unwilling to place way too considerably emphasis on Woods’ golfing potential, he and the relaxation of the world keep on being curious irrespective of whether Woods is even thinking long-time period about a comeback.
“I do not know, I suggest, I know that he’s likely to check out,” Thomas said. “I really don’t see him at any time actively playing if he cannot perform effectively. He does not strike me as a guy who’s played at property and he’s taking pictures a bunch of 75s and 76s and he’s like ‘Okay, I’m gonna give Augusta a try this calendar year.’ That is not genuinely gonna be him, at the very least from my comprehension, what I know of him. He is aware of that there’s a fairly excellent probability that that was the final chance he definitely at any time experienced, just before that, of making one more operate, but at the similar time I know how identified he is and I know he’s heading to want to at the very least check out to give anything all over again.
“Obviously I hope he does. But at the exact time, as I mentioned soon after the incident, as prolonged as he can be a dad and be standard with that yet again, that’s the variety just one priority, and the rest of this is a bonus.”
Solomon agreed that soon after Woods’ earlier resurrection in 2018-19, he’d promised to hardly ever rely out Woods yet again underneath any circumstances. Nonetheless, each he and Thomas wanted to continue to keep their anticipations affordable.
“Even if it is one thing like when he feels great once again if he goes and rides all-around with Charlie at the Father-Son,” Thomas mentioned. “It’s just something wherever he desires to be a dad and get pleasure from those moments with him and observe him likely be participating in. And to go check out Sam at her soccer tournaments and she’s these types of an athlete and how clever she is, to be a portion of her lifestyle. That’s what he desires to do and his competitive aspect is not gonna permit him just hold it up without the need of at minimum offering it a check out at some stage, I’m positive.”
Woods’ subsequent general public visual appeal is unidentified, but it could appear as shortly as upcoming month’s Hero Planet Challenge, in which he serves as match host. In the meantime it’s reassuring that Thomas (and his canine) will be heading in excess of to continue to keep him enterprise.
The rest of the Thomas interview is very well worth your time, much too. For a wide-ranging dialogue on Thomas’ year, his mental wellness, his objectives, his ideas on the state of golfing and much far more, listen right here.