MEDINAH, Ill. – There was no spirit of damage and nary a grimace. Many shots were strike with force, all chip shots and putts with touch. From a initial tee by a 18th immature in Wednesday’s BMW Championship pro-am during Medinah Country Club, Tiger Woods walked and played but restriction.
With a skies splendid and Woods on a contented side, it was a distant opposite atmosphere from last Friday when he woke adult to behind pain and was forced to withdraw from a Northern Trust in New Jersey with an ambiguous strain.
“It was good to take those days off, and we had to only let it ease down and get a garland of diagnosis on it, and it feels so most better,” Woods pronounced of his back. “I played 9 today, played a front nine, and played well, that was good to see, good to feel. Definitely doesn’t feel like it did on Friday, that’s for sure.”
Woods pronounced his latest damage was due to his swing, as he has done teenager tweaks and changes via a year to strengthen his back.
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“The army have got to go somewhere, and unfortunately when we make any kind of tweaks and changes to my swing, it’s like a new physique partial is aching,” Woods said. “I can’t play around a behind like we used to, and unfortunately things light up.”
After sharpened 75 in final week’s initial turn of a Northern Trust, his behind area flared adult and he withdrew for a initial time in a contest given he returned following spinal alloy medicine in Apr 2017. Woods didn’t confirm to play this week until Tuesday morning and flew to Chicago a few hours later. He perceived diagnosis and putted for 45 minutes.
Woods didn’t strike a full shot given withdrawing from a Northern Trust until Wednesday morning. He’s scheduled to tee off in Thursday’s initial turn during 12:54 p.m. ET alongside C.T. Pan and Billy Horschel.
Woods did stop attack full shots after he burned a expostulate on a par-5 10th. It was a precautionary proceed some-more than one taken out of necessity, for after issuing by a front 9 as a initial organisation off, a gait of play slowed extremely as Woods’ organisation held adult with those groups who began play on a 10th.
He didn’t wish to strike a full shot, wait an extended duration of time and afterwards strike another full shot. Instead, he putted on each hole on a behind nine, strike half-wedges to a few greens and chipped extensively and worked on his fort play.
Still, is Woods, who won a PGA Championship in 1999 and 2006 during Medinah, pointy adequate to contest this week? He stands 38th in a FedExCup Playoffs with a tip 30 relocating on to a Tour Championship, a deteriorate finale. Woods needs to finish during slightest 11th to pierce on to East Lake, where he won final year’s Tour Championship, his initial win given 2013.
Since winning a Masters in April, he has played only 13 rounds of golf and missed cuts in a PGA Championship and British Open. But his physique willing, Woods will do what he can to get to Atlanta.
“Things only cocktail up,” he said. “That’s been one of a biggest hurdles entrance behind from final year. You saw I’m creation tweaks and changes perplexing to play around this behind and perplexing to be bomb and have adequate rest time and training time. That’s been a biggest plea of it all.
“This week is no different. I’m perplexing to win this contest only like anybody else in this margin and perplexing to get to East Lake and perplexing to get to a place where a lot of things altered for me final year, and hopefully we can make that happen.”