Golfing stars Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas have both given Tiger Woods a friendly warning ahead of his return at this week’s Hero World Challenge.
Most of the PGA Tour regulars are very happy to see Woods to the fold, so their ribbing is all good-natured.
World No 1 Johnson took to Twitter to express his happiness at seeing Tiger competing again, but also pointed out that he still has more distance off the tee:
Good to see Tiger healthy and competing again. Should be a good week..but I still outdrive him. pic.twitter.com/4wMBuwEsCR
— Dustin Johnson (@DJohnsonPGA) November 28, 2017
As for Thomas, this year’s PGA Championship and FedEx Cup winner, he was quick to give Woods his props – but couldn’t help adding in a little bit of friendly banter as well.
“If he hadn’t done everything he’s done, we wouldn’t have the sponsors we have,” Thomas said. If it wasn’t for him we wouldn’t be playing for the amount of money that we’re playing for. I’m probably just as excited to watch it as you are. I just get a front row seat to it on Thursday. But I’m also looking forward to trying to kick his a** , to be perfectly honest.”
Justin Thomas on being paired with Tiger Woods for the opening round: "I'm probably just as excited to watch it as you are. I get a front row seat — but I'm also looking forward to trying to kick his ass."
— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelESPN) November 28, 2017
At least one Tiger Woods megafan wasn’t too happy with Thomas’ ribbing, however – friendly or not. Thomas revealed a message he received from a fan:
— Justin Thomas (@JustinThomas34) November 29, 2017
“Truly cracks me up some stuff people say on social media.. this one had me going pretty good,” he wrote.
Thomas will get a front row seat to witness Tiger’s comeback as the pair have been grouped together for the first round in the Bahamas on Thursday.