‘Not Quite Like a Wayne Gretzky Level’ – Justin Thomas on Tiger Woods’ Greatness

Published 10/03/2021, 10:09 AM EDT
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA – NOVEMBER 15: Tiger Woods of the United States looks on after a shot on the second hole during the final round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on November 15, 2020 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)


American professional golfer Justin Thomas appeared on the podcast show ‘Call Him Papi’ following his Ryder Cup win. After an incredible week at Whistling Woods, Thomas took out some time to talk about his experience, his relationship with other golfers, and even shed some light on his friendship with Tiger Woods.

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Mar 14, 2021; Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA; Justin Thomas reacts to his putt on the 17th green during the final round of The Players Championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass – Stadium Course. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

In conversation about that, Ortiz asked him whether Tiger Woods is what Michael Jordan is to basketball. Thomas had an interesting and specific response to Ortiz’s question.

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‘He’s got my vote’- Justin Thomas on Tiger Woods being the Michael Jordan of golf

David Ortiz asked Thomas whether Woods is the Michael Jordan of golf, to which he replied in the affirmative. However, he added that this comparison can’t be extended to Wayne Gretzky, the greatest hockey player ever. Nicknamed ‘the great one’, Gretzky has played 20 seasons in the NHL and holds innumerable records in his name.

Thomas said, “Yeah, yeah, I think so. I mean, he’s I mean, he’s the same thing. It’s not quite like a Wayne Gretzky level, but he’s one of those guys where you just look up his stats and you look up some of the stuff that he’s done and you’re like, no one’s ever gonna do this again. “

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In addition, He mentioned some of the achievements that make Woods a legend. He says, “No one’s you know, no one’s gonna win nine tournaments, or no one’s gonna win seven plus times and 12 seasons. Just no one’s gonna make 160 straight cuts. Like it just there’s some stuff that is just absolutely out of control that he’s that he’s done. And yeah, I mean, he’s got my vote as being the Michael Jordan of golf.”

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As an afterthought, Thomas adds that he would love to challenge Woods’ iconic place somewhere in his future career. He says, “I know I’m quite a bit behind but I’d like to think that myself and I’ll and some other guys have a lot of golf left to try to do something about it.”

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Ishita Bhargava

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Ishita Bhargava is a golf content writer at Essentially Sports. Currently pursuing her undergraduate degree from the Shri Ram College of Commerce, she has a keen interest in sports and fitness. When not playing or watching a sports event, Ishita can be seen spending time with her pets or binge-watching.

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