Updates from Friday, Aug. 8
Ryan Lavner of Golf Channel provides reaction from Tiger Woods after missing the cut at the PGA Cahmpionship:
Tiger says his back went out again on the range at Valhalla. Why he played: "I'm not exactly a non-stubborn person."— Ryan Lavner (@RyanLavnerGC) August 8, 2014
More Tiger, after a missed cut at the PGA: "I tried as hard as I could. That's all I've got."— Ryan Lavner (@RyanLavnerGC) August 8, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 6
Tiger Woods confirmed that he will play in tomorrow's PGA Championship (via Golf.com):
Are you definitely in for tomorrow? Woods: "Yeah." pic.twitter.com/MiC3e6jP5v— Golf.com (@si_golf) August 6, 2014
The Golf Channel Tiger Tracker provided another statement from Woods on his decision:
Made the decision to play yesterday. Once he made that decision he went to hit balls at home to make sure he could handle it.— GC Tiger Tracker (@GCTigerTracker) August 6, 2014
Earlier, Bob Harig of ESPN and ESPN Golf reported on Woods after he started testing his injured back:
If Tiger is worried about taking it easy... doesn't appear to be the case so far. This warm-up session is like full-out practice.— Bob Harig (@BobHarig) August 6, 2014
Prior to that, PGA.com announced Tiger Woods had arrived at Valhalla Golf Club:
BREAKING NEWS: From the @pgaofamerica: "Four-time PGA Champion Tiger Woods has arrived at Valhalla Golf Club for the 96th PGA Championship."— PGA.COM (@PGA_com) August 6, 2014
Busted Coverage also shared an image of Woods at the course:
Tiger testing the back. pic.twitter.com/f87oiRvAZG— Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) August 6, 2014
The PGA previously reported Woods' status for the PGA Championship had yet to be determined:
BRREAKING NEWS: #PGAChamp officials say they've been talking to Tiger's camp all week, he's still made no decision whether he will play— PGA.COM (@PGA_com) August 6, 2014
Kerry Haigh on @TigerWoods status: "He has until his tee time to arrive."— PGA.COM (@PGA_com) August 6, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 5
Theo Keith of WAVE-TV updated Tiger Woods' status for the PGA Championship:
#PGAChamp registration deadline was 5p today. Golf Channel reports Tiger Woods asked for extension, he'll have until his Thursday tee time.— Theo Keith (@TheoKeith) August 5, 2014
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:
THIS JUST IN: Tiger Woods' agent says Tiger has not ruled out playing in this week's PGA Championship.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 4, 2014
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:
Tiger Woods is not at PGA championship now but a PGA official told me his caddy Joe LaCava is scouting the course. That is a good sign— Mike Lacett (@mikelacett) August 4, 2014
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:
Tiger in so much pain that he's wincing just taking off his shoes. pic.twitter.com/LNhTtLLavY— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelGC) August 3, 2014
Tiger says he pulled his back on the second hole. It's the lower part of his back. Again.— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelGC) August 3, 2014
Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal tweeted a video of Woods departing from the course:
Tiger Woods in parking lot after withdrawing from Bridgestone Invitational http://t.co/XXwnwow6LO— Marla Ridenour (@MRidenourABJ) August 3, 2014
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:
Tiger: "Happened on the second hole when I hit my second shot. I fell back into the bunker. Just jarred it. It's been spasming ever since."— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelGC) August 3, 2014
Tiger on whether this is the same injury: "It's just the whole lower back. I don't know what happened."— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelGC) August 3, 2014
Tiger on what this means for the upcoming PGA Championship: "I don't know. Just trying to get out of here."— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelGC) August 3, 2014
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:
He stops walking up 9 fairway. Going VERY gingerly. Trying to stretch it out— GC Tiger Tracker (@GCTigerTracker) August 3, 2014
FWIW, he looked to be in much more pain than when he WD'd at Honda in March.— GC Tiger Tracker (@GCTigerTracker) August 3, 2014
Iain Carter of BBC Sport and Doug Ferguson of The Associated Press shared their thoughts on the rest of the season for Woods:
Tiger could barely get shoes on before being driven away. Season could be over.— Iain Carter (@iaincartergolf) August 3, 2014
Would seem that in one week, the U.S. loses Dustin and Tiger from its Ryder Cup team.— Doug Ferguson (@dougferguson405) August 3, 2014
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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