Tiger Woods Injury: Updates on Golf Star's Back and Return

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Tiger Woods Injury: Updates on Golf Star's Back and Return
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Updates from Friday, Aug. 8

Ryan Lavner of Golf Channel provides reaction from Tiger Woods after missing the cut at the PGA Cahmpionship:

Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 6

Tiger Woods confirmed that he will play in tomorrow's PGA Championship (via Golf.com):

The Golf Channel Tiger Tracker provided another statement from Woods on his decision:

Earlier, Bob Harig of ESPN and ESPN Golf reported on Woods after he started testing his injured back:

Prior to that, PGA.com announced Tiger Woods had arrived at Valhalla Golf Club:

Busted Coverage also shared an image of Woods at the course:

The PGA previously reported Woods' status for the PGA Championship had yet to be determined:

Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 5

Theo Keith of WAVE-TV updated Tiger Woods' status for the PGA Championship:

Earlier, CBS New York provided an update from Tiger Woods' caddie, Joe LaCava:

The caddie just didn’t know whether any of this information would be useful in the PGA Championship. LaCava was awaiting word on whether his boss — Tiger Woods — would be healthy enough to play the final major of the year. 

“I’m optimistic,” LaCava said after he finished charting the entire golf course. “I’m hoping he plays. So I’m just doing whatever work I would normally do.” 

Updates from Monday, Aug. 4

Tiger Woods spoke about his chances of playing in this week's PGA Championship, via SportsCenter's Twitter:

ESPN.com's Bob Harig also had more from Woods on his health:

Tiger Woods' agent said Monday that Woods has not been ruled out of the PGA Championship this week at Valhalla, despite his withdrawal from the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday with a back injury.

In a text message to ESPN.com on Monday, Mark Steinberg said it was too early to determine whether Woods would play in the year's final major.

'Way too early. He has to rest and get treatment and then assess later,' he wrote. 'Pointless to make that decision now without proper time to give him best chance. Nothing further today, maybe [not] even tomorrow.'

Earlier, Tom Watson spoke on Woods' chances of making the United States' Ryder Cup team, courtesy of The Associated Press, via ESPN.com:

Tiger would be a great addition to our team. As I've said all along, I would pick Tiger Woods if he's healthy and playing well. This doesn't bode well right now. I just hope that maybe it's just an isolated problem that he can turn around and possibly play this week at the PGA. ...

... I watched him play almost the entire front nine. And the shot he had at 5 ... I said, 'Something's wrong with Tiger.' You don't hit that terrible a shot ever -- ever. And then, of course, No. 9, he just couldn't go any farther. It concerns me because that's an injury that seems like he tried to address before and he's come back from that particular injury.

Watson also texted Woods, "I hope you get well soon," according to the report.

Mike Lacett of WDRB.com previously reported Woods was not at the PGA Championship this morning after suffering his back injury:

Original Text

On the heels of a back injury that held him out of the Masters and the U.S. Open, Tiger Woods suffered yet another back injury that forced him to withdraw from the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday.   

The PGA Tour's official account reported the news on Twitter:

Jason Sobel of the Golf Channel passed along a photo and a word from Woods on the injury:

Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal tweeted a video of Woods departing from the course:

Prior to Sunday, Woods was playing well, though he wasn't in contention. Following a two-under 68 on Thursday, Woods finished with a 71 and a 72 on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

The 14-time major winner commented on the injury, per Sobel:

That explanation might give some background on Woods' erratic play Sunday morning. After posting a three-over through eight holes, Woods became the fourth player to withdraw from the tournament.

The Golf Channel Tiger Tracker provided a breakdown of the withdrawal:

 

Iain Carter of BBC Sport and Doug Ferguson of The Associated Press shared their thoughts on the rest of the season for Woods:

 

This is the second time Woods has withdrawn from a tournament during the final round this year. After his back surgery on March 31, the 38-year-old missed the cut at Congressional and finished 69th at the British Open after narrowly making the cut at Royal Liverpool.

There is no word on the severity of the injury. After withdrawing from the Bridgestone Invitational, Woods hasn't announced his intentions for playing in the PGA Championship, which begins next week. 

Woods has also been hoping for a spot on the Ryder Cup team, but he could remain on the outside looking in after this injury. While the golf world was rejoicing his return just weeks ago, his future is once again uncertain at this point.

 

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