Aug
21
2013
What’s hurting Tiger Woods now? Soft hotel beds.
By Stephanie Wei under FedEx Cup
Tiger Woods withdrew from pro-am after 9 holes

TW ailing again

Tiger Woods was feeling aches and pains (again) on Wednesday morning when he woke up in a soft hotel bed that caused stiffness to his back and neck, forcing him to withdraw from the pro-am at The Barclays after nine holes.

“It was stiff this morning after a soft bed and just one of those things, sleeping in hotels and I didn’t want to push it, so just took it easy and chipped and putted,” he said at Liberty National.

Asked if he was going to request a replacement bed, he replied, laughing, “What do you think? …We’ll have something.”

New hotel?

We’ll see. Hopefully he’s feeling better in time for the first round of the FedExCup PLAYOFFS!

Tiger has won five times this season, yet he wasn’t able to get the job done at the only tournaments he really cares about: majors

“I think the overall package is how I look at it,” Woods said. “This year’s been a great year so far.”

“You’re looking over a course of a career, and you’re going to have years where you don’t win major championships and years that you do. There’s years where I’ve won one tournament and years where I’ve won nine. So as long as I keep winning in all those years, it’s not too bad.”

So, would you trade those five regular/WGC wins for one major this year?

His answer? Yes. Duh.

Funny, didn’t that happen last year at this tournament, too? Oh, yes, it did. Maybe Tiger needs to stay at a different hotel in the NYC area?

Four years ago when The Barclays was held at Liberty National, Tiger was anything but a fan, suggesting to his pro-am partner, “Maybe Tom (Kite) did this course before his eye operation.”

Since then, the course has made dozens of changes, but most of them subtle.

“They’ve made some really nice, positive improvements,” he said.

We’ll see what he thinks after he posts a score — that is, if his back and neck are feeling better.

(Charlie Neibergall / AP)