Wednesday morning’s rainy weather at the Masters had a very similar feel to the first time Jupiter resident Justin Thomas saw Augusta National Golf Club as an 11-year-old, when his family drove him here from Kentucky.
That day Thomas was disappointed when the first round was cancelled because of the weather. Little did he know that one day he’d be playing at the Masters, and based on how well he’s been playing lately, he may just have a chance at a green jacket.
“Man, I love this place so much,” Thomas said during his pre-Masters media conference.
For just the third time, Thomas will get to tee it up here at the Masters, but this time no longer worried about winning his first major. The reigning PGA Championship winner and PGA Tour Player of the Year has some extra confidence on his side this time around.
“My games a lot better most importantly, but if you know your way around here, you don’t need to be on your a game to contend," Thomas said.
Thomas is very close to being the #1 ranked golfer in the World, thanks in part to his Honda Classic victory. With Jupiter Island resident Tiger Woods back competing as one of the favorites at the Masters, Thomas was asked if his current self could have beaten his hero back in Tigers ‘hey day’.
“ I can’t win, if I say I want to play against him I can’t beat him,” Thomas said with laugh. “And if I say I don’t want to play him, they say I’m backing down from the challenge. So I don’t really know what to say.”
Either way, it’s going to be really fun to watch.
Thomas did say that Tiger has stopped giving him golf tips since he’s been healthy and successful again.