Tiger Woods expected to play Deutsche Bank Championship via
By Stephanie Wei under FedEx Cup

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Although he contended at The Barclays last week, Tiger Woods was visibly in a considerable amount of pain after tweaking his back due to sleeping in a soft hotel bed. At one point on Sunday, Woods collapsed on all fours because of a back spasm, which was a cause for concern, especially when he took a few moments until he got back up.

When he finished on Sunday, he told CBS that it was “all hypothetical” whether or not he would be healthy enough to play in the second leg of the FedExCup Playoffs, the Deutsche Bank Championship, which benefits his foundation. 

On Monday a source close to Tiger told the AP that he was feeling better and expected to play at TPC Boston this week. However, Woods withdrew from his good friend Notah Begay’s charity event to recuperate from his ailing back — which I’m sure wasn’t easy for him to do since Begay is a good friend, and as a competitor, it’s never easy to renege on your commitments. (In other words, Tiger’s not the type of person to “quit” even if it’s an exhibition.)

Well, it appears Woods will be ready to peg it alongside Adam Scott and Phil Mickelson on Friday at 8:40am EST (starting on the 10th tee)  for the first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship. As you can see from the screenshot above, Tiger’s website was recently updated with the tournament added to his official schedule and his tee time featured on the home page.

But, please, did we really expect Tiger to miss the DBC? I mean, I guess it was in the realm of possibility if it were serious enough, since he withdrew from the AT&T National, where he plays host, earlier this summer due to an elbow injury.

Tiger may be a drama queen on the course when he’s not feeling his best physically, but he’s certainly not a quitter. From personal experience, as a former competitive golfer with chronic back pain/problems, I can empathize and sometimes we push ourselves too hard instead of stepping back and taking care of ourselves. In case you weren’t aware, back mobility plays a pretty integral role in the golf swing, and if it’s spasming, it’s tough to turn, which again, is fundamental.

In eight starts at the DBC, Woods has finished in the top 10 five times, including a win in 2006, and he has only once placed worse than T11.