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The first time Rory, Jordan & JT met Tiger Woods

Justin Thomas Tiger Woods 2019 Presidents Cup

Playing Captain Tiger Woods and Justin Thomas celebrate defeating Byeong-Hun An and Hideki Matsuyama on the 18th green during Friday foursome matches on day two of the 2019 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Course on December 13, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo: Warren Little/Getty Images)

“I would say our first actual round of playing together was something in South Florida. Maybe Medalist or something like that. Competitively, Riviera. I’ve played alongside these guys numerous times and I remember after feeling comfortable enough with him and knowing him that I could ask him, we’ve played at home and now we’ve played competitively, basically, ‘What do you think?’ He was like, ‘You don’t have near enough shots.’ I was like, ‘Sounds good.’ It’s always pretty blunt and short and sweet with Tiger. I’d much rather have say that then blow smoke to me.

“I remember going to a junior event at Torrey Pines, where I think Tiger maybe one a couple of times, when I was about eight years old and me being the golf nerd that I was as a kid I had a Titleist hat on. Obviously, with Tiger being Nike I had a pretty good feeling – it was the cross between 8 and 9 and they have to wait there – and I was standing right next to Stevie (Williams) caddying at the time for Tiger and I think if I take this Titleist hat off, I have a chance of getting a ball. If I have this hat on, I probably won’t get one. I took it off. Stevie looked at me, reached in the bag, gave it to me and walked away and I put my hat back on. Believe it or not, that was my first face to face with him.”

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