Tiger Woods battled through pain Friday afternoon, but shot a second consecutive 74 to miss the cut by five strokes at the PGA Championship. The 14-time major champion will most likely use the rest of 2014 to recuperate from recurring back injuries.
Woods spoke about his back after the round. “It was sore. No doubt it was sore. It went out on me on the range. Just had to play through it.”
He added that he doesn’t have any regrets entering the season’s final major because the most recent injury is not in the same place as the surgery from late March. “As I said, it’s not where the surgery was. It’s a different area. When I fell out of that bunker last week, it’s the same feeling, the same pain and same spasms.”
There is speculation that Tiger’s new swing with instructor Sean Foley causes more stress to his back. Although Tiger does not admit this, he often speaks about strengthening his body because he was immobilized from the back surgery. “I need to get stronger. As I said the other day, I need to get my glutes strong again, my abs and my core back to where I used to have them. They are just not quite there yet.”
The soreness Woods experienced today made the back swing difficult. “It throws everything off. I can’t get anywhere near the positions that I’m accustomed to getting to or any of it. I can’t do it. I’ve got to rely on timing, hands and hopefully I can time it just right.”
Hopefully, Tiger can get healthy and figure out his swing because 2015 includes a couple major venues that suit his game (Augusta and St. Andrews).
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–Bernie D’Amato (@bdamato711)