Tiger Woods only mentors one other pro golfer, 'younger brother' Justin Thomas, according to fellow pro
Tiger Woodsis returning to the Masters, his first competitive golftournament since his horrific car accident.
- The 5-time champ knows a lot about Augusta National, but he is usually tight-lipped when others ask for advice.
Tiger Woods is back at the Masters, but if you are a fellow pro golfer looking for some advice on how to play Augusta National, good luck.
Woods announced on Tuesday that he intends to play in this year's Masters, his first competitive tournament since a horrific car accident 14 months ago that nearly took his leg.
Woods even said he thinks he can win the tournament, which means he is still going to be selective about who he helps with advice.
How selective? According to the reigning US Open champion Jon Rahm, only one fellow golfer can pick Tiger's brain:
Before the Masters, Rahm was asked if Tiger had ever given him advice on how to play Augusta National.
"I think there is only one man in this field who hears advice from Tiger because I have asked before, and I get nothing," Rahm told the media. "So you might need to ask Justin Thomas. I've asked [Woods] before. I remember asking him at East Lake, the year he won [the 2018 Tour Championship], before on the putting green and the practice round. 'Hey man, any tips for Bermuda [grass], this and that?' He turned around and just said, 'It's all about feel,' and kept going. I was like [in a sarcastic voice], 'Cool, thanks.'"
According to Rahm, Thomas gets a lot more help.
"I asked at Albany once about chipping into the greens," Rahm said. "[Woods said] 'You just gotta be shallow.' I'm like [rolling his eyes], 'okay.' Meanwhile, I turn around, JT is there with him. He's getting a whole dissertation on what to do."
When Thomas was asked about Rahm's comments, he downplayed it a little bit, saying he asks questions of other golfers also but did admit that he is lucky when it comes to Tiger.
"Any person or buddy that I respect their game and I think that they are really good and maybe are a little bit better at something that I am not as consistently good at, I wanna learn, so I am going to ask a question," Thomas told the media. "I feel like Tiger has been a good person for me to do that. But I guess I am very fortunate in that regard."
Thomas is close to the Woods family
When Woods raised eyebrows by playing a practice round nine days before the Masters, Thomas was there with him, along with Woods' son, Charlie.
On Tuesday, Tiger reflected on that round and how close Thomas is to the Woods family.
"It was fun to see the changes in [Charlie since the last time he played Augusta]," Woods said. "And us as a family, to go out here, and to have Robbie [McNamara] out here, and JT, who is like my younger brother and Charlie's older brother. For us to come out here and play together, we just had a blast. Couldn't ask for a better day, temperature-wise. It was just a perfect day."
Thomas is already one of the best golfers in the world, and now he is being mentored by the greatest golfer ever. The rest of the Masters field should be worried.
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