Thomas delighted to have Tiger back

29 November 2017 20:01:51 GMTPlus11

Justin Thomas will partner the returning Tiger Woods in round one of the Hero World Challenge and says the game wouldn't be the same without him.

Thomas had a sensational 2017 season, winning his first major, the FedEx Cup and also being voted Player of the Year.

Woods, who has been off the course since February, approached Thomas a couple of weeks ago to ask his fellow American if they wanted to be paired together in round one of the Bahamas event and the answer was a no-brainer.

Paying tribute to Tiger's contribution to golf, Thomas said. "If he hadn't done everything he's done, we wouldn't have the sponsors we have. If it wasn't for him we wouldn't be playing for the amount of money that we're playing for.

"Obviously there's a lot of other players, but there's nobody that moves the needle like him, even now. If he had 15 wins and two majors, then yeah, people wouldn't care as much, but he has 79 and 14 majors.

"I'm probably just as excited to watch it as you are. I just get a front row seat to it on Thursday."

However, Thomas isn't just going to sit back and gawp.

"I'm also looking forward to trying to kick his ass, to be perfectly honest," he quipped.

Another American, Patrick Reed, had nine holes of practice with Woods earlier this week and said Tiger was playing with "no fear" and appeared to have complete trust with his back and body despite the numerous operations that have sidelined him.

Thomas is 1.44 to win his opening 2-ball with Woods while Tiger is 3.50. It's 8.50 that they shoot the same score.

As for the tournament itself, Thomas is 7.50 to bank another trophy while Woods is 34.00. It's also 6.50 Dustin Johnson, 7.00 Jordan Spieth, 8.00 Rickie Fowler and 10.00 Brooks Koepka.

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