Tiger Woods Injury: Updates on Golf Star's Back
Tiger Woods struggled through a back injury in the FedEx Cup playoff opener at The Barclays, and after finishing just one shot short of champion Adam Scott, the world No. 1's status moving forward is in jeopardy.
Woods was within striking distance of his sixth win of the 2013 season when his back flared up on the back nine at Liberty National Golf Course. After hitting his second shot to the par-five 13th hole, the pain caused Woods to collapse to knees, per CBS Sports:
UPDATE: Thursday, Aug. 29
From Golf Channel's Tiger Tracker account on Twitter:
"The back is a lot better than Sunday... having that extra day of rest helps." He's getting treatment 2-3 times a day.— GC Tiger Tracker (@GCTigerTracker) August 29, 2013
He was only going to play nine holes today, but it felt good, so he played all 18.— GC Tiger Tracker (@GCTigerTracker) August 29, 2013
Treatment includes ice, heat, rest. Will continue to receive treatment even as the back feels better.— GC Tiger Tracker (@GCTigerTracker) August 29, 2013
"I hit driver on almost every hole today. I had no problems hitting them. It felt good."— GC Tiger Tracker (@GCTigerTracker) August 29, 2013
Once again, maintains he isn't worried about his back over the longterm. Gave a straightforward, "No" when asked about that question.— GC Tiger Tracker (@GCTigerTracker) August 29, 2013
"I felt good all day. I felt good in activation, I felt good in warmup."— GC Tiger Tracker (@GCTigerTracker) August 29, 2013
UPDATE: Tuesday, Aug. 27
PGATour.com lists Woods with a 8:40 AM ET tee time on Thursday at Deutsche Bank Championship, and he will be playing alongside Adam Scott and Phil Mickelson.
UPDATE: Tuesday, Aug. 27
Tiger Woods' official website has added the Deutsche Bank Championship to his scheduled events.
GolfChannel.com weighs in on the update:
While the revision to the schedule Tuesday falls short of an official commitment, it seems to indicate that Woods will be in the field at TPC Boston, where he is scheduled to play the first two rounds Friday and Saturday with world No. 2and reigning Open champion .
Golf Channel's Tiger Tracker Twitter feed documented what Woods said after the round regarding the injury and its ramifications.
Woods noted that the tee shot at No. 12 was where the pain started and that the shot he tried to pull off on No. 13 compounded the situation:
Back pain before the 13th, but that hole accentuated it— GC Tiger Tracker (@GCTigerTracker) August 25, 2013
Said he felt great until tee shot at 12— GC Tiger Tracker (@GCTigerTracker) August 25, 2013
Back spasms were the culprit:
Called it a back spasm— GC Tiger Tracker (@GCTigerTracker) August 25, 2013
That bold attempt to go for the par-five green in two backfired, as the ball sailed well wide of the green, leading to a bogey on the hole. Another bogey at No. 15 was Woods' third dropped shot on the back nine.
In his typical resilient style, though, Woods mounted a comeback charge with birdies on Nos. 16 and 17 before leaving his putt on the 18th green about two revolutions short of forcing a playoff with Scott.
Instead, Woods settled for a round of 69, tying Justin Rose, Gary Woodland and Graham DeLaet for second at 10 under par overall.
The good news is that the high finish still leaves Woods atop the FedEx Cup standings. And after entering the tournament 125th in final-round scoring average, he posted his first score in the 60s of the season, per ESPN.com's Justin Ray:
Amazing but true: Tiger Woods' round of 69 today is his 1st final round in the 60's on @PGATOUR in 2013.— Justin Ray (@JRayESPNGolf) August 25, 2013
Woods' status for next week's Deutsche Bank Championship, however, is in doubt, per Ryan Lavner of Golf Channel:
Tiger, on whether he'll play next week in Boston: "That’s all hypothetical right now. I’m not feeling my best right now."— Ryan Lavner (@RyanLavnerGC) August 25, 2013
It would be a shame to see Woods unable to silence any remaining detractors who criticize him for not winning majors by being sidelined for the remainder of the playoffs. Given what he said regarding the second FedEx Cup event, early signs aren't encouraging.
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