Justin Thomas Broke a Candle Playing Home Run Derby In His First Visit to Tiger Woods’ House

Justin Thomas might be great friends with Tiger Woods today, but his first impression at the GOAT’s house didn’t go so smoothly.

Thomas joined Woods for dinner at his home in Jupiter, Florida. After dinner and some TV, Woods and his son, Charlie, moved to the living room to play their favorite game, home run derby. Yes, inside the house. Thomas was skeptical at first, and when it was his turn to bat, he hit a foul ball that caused some serious damage to the Woods household.

Justin Thomas and Tiger Woods are close friends on and off the course

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When Thomas started to make a name for himself on the PGA Tour, Woods immediately took a liking to the young star. Woods saw greatness in Thomas from the beginning, and the two began to form a friendship on and off the course.

The two routinely played practice rounds together and hung out away from the grind of the Tour. They’ve also become quite a team when they pair up in competition.

In the 2019 Presidents Cup, Woods and Thomas went 2-0 as a duo, and their chemistry was the main reason why. Woods and Thomas might be best buddies now, but Thomas almost ruined the friendship with a rough first impression at Woods’ home.

Thomas broke a living room candle after dinner at Woods’ home

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Woods had Thomas over for dinner and some fun, but he might’ve regretted the invitation after the night was over.

Once dinner concluded, Woods’ son, Charlie, wanted to play home run derby in the living room. Woods was second to bat, and Thomas followed on deck. His at-bat didn’t go exactly as planned, though.

[Woods] is pretty much just peppering them. I mean, he’s hitting them as hard as he can, bouncing off the walls. And then of course I go, and I hit one a little bit off the end of the bat, I hit a candle, and break a candle in the living room. So, yep, that was my first experience of home run derby in Tiger Woods’ living room.

Justin Thomas

Home run derby is evidently a regular event at the Woods household, so Thomas wasn’t the first to break something in the living room.

They were fine with it, though. They were like ‘it’s fine it happens all the time. I’m like, ‘I still don’t feel good about it, but I’m glad it happens often.’ As long as it didn’t hit any of his major trophies it’s fine.

Justin Thomas

Woods and Thomas were then paired together in the 2020 U.S. Open

Justin Thomas and Tiger Woods are now good friends, but his first visit to the big cat's house didn't go as well as he hoped.
Justin Thomas and Tiger Woods are good friends on and off the course | Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

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Thomas might’ve made a rough first impression at the Woods household, but there were no hard feelings after the incident. It’s a good thing, too, because the two were then paired together in the 2020 U.S. Open.

Thomas took the outright lead early in the round, and Woods was hovering around even par all day. The former went on to finish tied for eighth, while the latter missed the cut.