Justin Thomas relishing Tiger Woods’ return to action alongside son Charlie at PNC Championship | Golf News

Tiger Woods hasn’t appeared competitively since finishing seventh alongside his son Charlie at the 2020 PNC championship; 82-time PGA Tour winner joined Team Thomas for opening day – watch live this weekend on Sky Sports Golf

Last updated: 16/12/21 23:38


Justin Thomas and Tiger Woods reunite at the PNC Championship for the second consecutive year

Justin Thomas is relishing the opportunity to compete once again alongside Tiger Woods when the 15-time senior champion returns to action this weekend at the PNC championship.

Woods is teaming up with his son Charlie, 12, for the team event in Florida, with the 36-hole tournament marking his first competitive appearance since sustaining severe leg and ankle injuries during the February car crash. .

Team Woods were regrouped for the opening round on Saturday alongside Team Thomas – Justin and his dad Mike – with the former world number one delighted to see Woods able to start over.

“My arousal level is only high for him being out here and being somewhere other than his home and seeing a lot of familiar faces,” said Thomas. “I know spending time with Charlie (Woods) is a big deal for him, so I know he’s excited for that part.

“In terms of competition, I think his expectations are very low. But at the same time, he is what he is for a reason, so I’m sure he’ll be pissed off if he doesn’t play well!”

Bob McIntyre welcomes Woods' return to golf and claims it is

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Bob McIntyre welcomes Woods’ return to golf and says he is “huge” for the sport

Bob McIntyre welcomes Woods’ return to golf and says he is “huge” for the sport

Woods underwent extensive rehabilitation after the accident, spending three weeks in the hospital and then months of recovery at home before being able to slowly return to golf.

“At the end of the day, it’s like any injury or weird incident, everyone’s recovery is different,” added Thomas.

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“It’s all going to be based on what you do in rehab and things like that. At the same time, just like my dad and his back, he has days that he’s okay, then he has days that he’s not. Just like some days when I’m okay. awake, I feel better than others.

“When he [Tiger] it’s going through something like that, I’m sure some days it’s like “oh, wow, I can do this”, and there are some days it’s like “oh, I’m not really sure”. But it is very impressive and unbelievable. But I know that somewhere deep down he had circled this on the calendar of the desire to come back here. “

Woods admitted that it will take some time before he is able to get back to the PGA Tour action

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Woods admitted that it will take some time before he is able to get back to the PGA Tour action

Woods admitted that it will take some time before he is able to get back to the PGA Tour action

Nelly Korda is also part of the 20-team field, open only to winners of the main league or players’ league and their family members, with the women’s world number 1 looking forward to competing alongside Woods for the first. time.

“When I heard the news [about Tiger’s return], I was completely shocked, especially since it was his first comeback event, “Korda said.” I mean, for him to go back from what he’s been through – when was his accident, February? Incredible.

Nelly Korda makes her tournament debut alongside her father, former professional tennis player Petr Korda

Nelly Korda makes her tournament debut alongside her father, former professional tennis player Petr Korda

“He’s had so many comebacks, and he’s always come back even stronger, I feel, and not many people expect that. He’s done so much for the game of golf and we wouldn’t be where we are today without him. He brings a completely vibe. different.

“I always say I don’t watch golf much, but when Tiger is in contention, I’m always glued to the TV. So that’s just the impact he has on the game of golf. It’ll be super exciting just to play on his own course.”

How will Tiger Woods fare at the PNC championship? Watch this weekend live on Saturday from 5pm on Sky Sports Golf!

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