Woods and Thomas shared an interesting moment off the ninth tee as the senior smacked his drive farther than the younger player, despite not playing a competitive round in nearly a year and having numerous bodily ailments.
Thomas tees off in the morning group for Friday's second round. He starts at 6:29 a.m. with Viktor Hovland (E) and Tony Finau (+3). His round can be viewed on the Peacock App or on USA Network beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Friday.
Thomas, a member of the 2013 Alabama national championship team, referenced Nick Saban to SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio after his second major victory and included a shot at rival Jimbo Fisher after the coaches were involved in drama this past week.
The former Alabama golfer now has 15 wins on the PGA Tour, tied with Dustin Thomas win the most wins on tour since 2015. The next golf major is The U.S. Open the week of June 13-19. This year's event will be held at The Country Club, Brookline, Massachusetts.