Golfer John Rahm spoke out about Tiger Woods and Justin Thomas during his interview at Augusta National ahead of this weekend’s Masters championship. During his interview, Rahm said Thomas is the only professional in this year’s Masters who ever gets advice from the legendary Woods.
He even talked about how Woods did not give Jon any piece of advice in two instances. Rahm said, “I think there’s only one man in this field that hears advice from Tiger because I’ve asked before and I get nothing.
I’ve asked him before I remember asking him at Eastlake the year he won before when the putting green in the practice went like hey man, any tips for Bermuda this and that and he turned around and just said it’s all about feel and just kept going.
And I was like cool thank you” He added, “So yeah, I’ve Yeah, I asked him at Albany once about chipping into the grain. So I just gotta be shallow. I’m like okay, right. Meanwhile, I turned around and JT is there with him.
He’s getting that whole dissertation on what to do”. Special bond Tiger and Justin Thomas seem to have always shared a special bond. Both the professionals have played various tournaments together and enjoy each other’s company.
After the first tournament they ever played together, Thomas gave Woods a call. “I’m like, ‘Hey, we played a lot at home, but now we played in a tournament,'” Thomas remembers. “What do you see in what do I need to get better at?” Woods didn’t hesitate.
“Immediately he’s like, ‘You don’t have near enough shots. Like, you can work it but you don’t have enough shots to be, you know, as dominant as I was.’ That kind of thing. He’s like, ‘You have some that you can hit, but you don’t have all of them and you don’t have enough.'
” Though it was tough advice to hear, Thomas took it to heart. “I also wouldn’t have wanted it to be like ‘No, man, everything is great, you’re doing awesome,'” Thomas said. “That would have been like, ‘Now you’re lying to me.’ I mean, you want to hear the harsh stuff.
I think that also makes him a good mentor”. He started building up his repertoire, on the range and on the course. He felt like it made him a more complete player. “It’s a 9-iron, 160 yards to a middle pin, like, I’m going to hit a 9-iron.
I’m not going to feel like I need to hook it or hit a big slice,” he said. “But at the end of the day, there’s definitely a lot of shots throughout the year that I’m able to use that to help me.
Or there’s pins that I can maybe get close to that the person I’m playing with can’t. So it’s helped”. Justin explained that he’s been looking up to Tiger since before he’d ever met him, but it was Woods’ openness that made him a true mentor.
“His willingness to help I think is the biggest thing,” he said. “I mean, there’s a lot of things that he shared with me, not only my game, but just the game of golf in general that I’d never tell anybody just because, to be perfectly honest, I think it’s an advantage and I take a lot of pride and honor that he’s been willing to share some stuff with me”.