Massachusetts - The question was inevitable and the answer was predictable. Tiger Woods says his back is fine.
played in the pro-am Thursday morning at the Deutsche Bank Championship
and appeared to be swinging freely. The last image of Woods on a golf
course looked much worse. Four days ago, he dropped to his knees after a
back spasm during the final round of The Barclays, where he finished
one shot behind Adam Scott.
Woods said after that round it was
"hypothetical" whether he would play the Deutsche Bank, adding that he
had just walked off the course and wasn't feeling very good.
Channel had a camera on the practice range at the TPC Boston to document
his arrival. Woods warmed up, and then headed to the first tee for his
pro-am round with a group that included New York Mayor Michael
One of his amateurs asked Woods about his back, and Woods gave a short answer that he was fine.
Deutsche Bank Championship is the second playoff event for the FedEx
Cup. Woods remains No 1 in the standings, narrowly ahead of Scott with
Phil Mickelson at No 3. Those three players will be in the featured
group the opening two rounds of the tournament that starts Friday for
its traditional Labor Day finish.
Woods, who already has his 10th
season of at least five wins on the PGA Tour, has still not made it
through an entire season without a health issue since returning from
reconstructive knee surgery in 2009.
He missed two tournaments
this year - including the AT&T National, which benefits his
foundation - because of an elbow injury suffered in early May. He had
tightness in his lower back during the final round of the PGA
Championship, one week after his seven-shot win at Firestone.
said last week he experienced stiffness in his lower back and neck
because of a soft mattress in his New York-area hotel. He decided to
only chip and putt on the back nine of his pro-am last week at Liberty
National as a precaution. Over the next four days, he said his back was
OK at the start of the round but got progressively worse.
The FedEx Cup playoffs take a one-week break next week before resuming north of Chicago.