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Spieth's old pal Thomas won't touch green jacket

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Justin Thomas has spent time with and played against Jordan Spieth since the two were 14-year-old juniors, so he wasn’t surprised by anything the Masters champion did last week at Augusta National

Thomas has seen the solid play, the clutch putting, the fearlessness and, yes, even the vocal side of Spieth, for years.

For example, as Thomas watched Sunday’s coverage of the Masters, he smiled when Spieth began barking at his golf ball as it sailed toward the par-5 13th green.

“Go, go, go hard, go,” yelled Spieth, who would birdie the hole to go from four clear to a cool five-stroke advantage with five to play.

“Typical, yelling for it to go and it flies to about 12 feet,” Thomas smiled on Tuesday at the RBC Heritage. “He used to be worse, honestly. He used to always do it. Honestly, I don’t know how you would describe that or what causes it.”

Thomas said he and Spieth have traded a few text messages since his victory on Sunday and he’s looking forward to catching up with him this week in Hilton Head, where the two are sharing a house. He’s also looking forward to seeing the iconic green jacket, but added that he will keep his distance.

“Not going to put it on. I want to win it before I put it on,” Thomas said.