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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Woods of the US shares a laugh with fellow countryman Thomas during practice for the 2018 Masters golf tournament in Augusta

AUGUSTA, Ga (Reuters) – Justin Thomas has gained an early understanding of the various nuances of the Augusta National golf course through regular practice rounds with Tiger Woods, a benefit he is missing at this week’s Masters, where he will pursue his first green jacket. Thomas didn’t hesitate when asked Tuesday what he missed most about the absence this week of his good friend and five-time Masters champion Woods, who is at home recovering from career-threatening leg injuries and suffered in a car accident in February. “For sure he will play the practice rounds with him,” Thomas said at his pre-tournament press conference. “I went and saw it a couple of times last week and I tried to go a couple of times during the week every time I’m home and see it.” We texted him Friday morning and he said he was starting to get started. “I was disappointed that he’s not here playing practice rounds with us, and we hate him too.” Thomas said that after Woods’ accident he had offered to help his friend in any way possible. like, buddy, I’ll do whatever you want, “added Thomas.” If you need me to help you with your children, I can do it. If you want me to bring you, if you long for McDonald’s (NYSE 🙂 and you want me to bring it to you, buddy, I don’t care, I’m here for you and I’ll help you however I want. “World number two Thomas finished fourth at last November’s Masters and has warmed up since then, including a win last month at The Players Championship, the fifth unofficial major in golf. The 27-year-old American, whose Stellar iron game should suit him at Augusta National, he will play Thursday in the penultimate group alongside 2010 British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen and Tony Finau. Thomas, whose only major win was at the 2017 PGA Championship, admitted that his burning desire to win a Masters had sometimes hurt his chances of putting on a green jacket. “For whatever reason, everyone wants to win a little more, and I definitely got caught up in that,” Thomas said. A little bit and understand if and when it’s my time, it will happen. ”

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