Justin Thomas shoots 65 at Hero World Challenge after LASER EYE SURGERY

Justin Thomas wore sunglasses during the first round of the Hero World Challenge, but he used them as an aid rather than for style.

The 28-year-old revealed after his first round that he had laser eye surgery about a week and a half ago, which explains his rare use of sunglasses on the PGA Tour.

Despite a double bogey on the final hole of the Albany golf course, Thomas still shot a 5-under 67 to sit one shot behind the leaders heading into the second round.

“Yeah, I’ve wanted to do it for a while. It finally worked out with the schedule to do it,” Thomas said of the surgery.

“That’s why I keep walking around with sunglasses. I don’t wear them too often, I just try to protect the eyes. It was good to do that a week and a half ago and try to put it to the test here this week.”

The 2017 PGA Champion was as excited as every other player when Tiger Woods returned to public life this week, a fitting week for the tournament he is hosting.

Thomas was once described by Woods as “the brother he never had”. The couple have a strong friendship and Thomas visited Woods during his rehabilitation at his home in Florida.

Thomas’ double bogey on the 18th hole Thursday was one of only two faults of the day. He bogeyed on the 12th hole but birdied eight on the board to recover his score.

Rory McIlroy, Abraham Ancer and Daniel Berger all shot 66s in the first round to lead the way. Collin Morikawa, who is aiming to become world number one with a win this week, is two shots behind at 4 under par.

Thomas has only made two PGA Tour appearances since the Ryder Cup, however, he finished third in the World Wide Technology Championship.

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