Tiger Woods was limping at the PGA Championship (Picture: Getty)

US PGA champion Justin Thomas has labelled Tiger Woods’ return from injury as ‘absurd’ after the 15-time major winner made the cut at Southern Hills.

Woods, who was injured in a car crash last year, backed up making the weekend’s play at April’s Masters by doing the same at the PGA Championship last week.

During the first three days at Southern Hills, the 46-year-old limped around the course and was forced to withdraw ahead of his final round due to pain.

Woods and Justin Thomas have become close friends in recent years (Picture: Getty)

However, Thomas, who lifted his second PGA title on Sunday after beating Will Zalatoris in a play-off, believes Woods has performed admirably considering the ordeal he has been through.

Thomas said: ‘I wouldn’t say how tough it was to see him struggle. I mean, he made the cut in his second major in a row, what, a year and a half after being in a gruesome car accident, (with a) broken leg?

‘I don’t think you guys understand how unbelievable that is. He’s a freak of nature. It’s mind-blowing the things that he can do with his mind.

‘I didn’t play during his prime, but from the times I’ve been out here – him winning the Masters in 2019 and winning the TOUR Championship, him making the cut these last two tournaments – for how some of the conditions he was in last year, it’s absurd, like beyond absurd.’

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Woods has filed an entry to play in next month’s US Open at Brookline, however, it is unclear if he will feature following his recent injury setback.

Thomas has been alongside Woods throughout his comeback, having developed a strong friendship with the Floridian in recent years.

In the days leading up to tournaments, the two regularly practice together and, on Sunday, Thomas revealed that Woods was in contact the night before his triumph at the PGA to offer him a source of inspiration.

He added: ‘I talked to him a little last night and asked how he was feeling. And he just said he was feeling terrible because my name kept dropping on the leaderboard.

‘So I was like, “thanks, good to talk to you too, I’ll talk to you later.”‘


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