Will Tiger sit out because of sore back
AKRON, Ohio – Tiger Woods was at Firestone, and the scene looked very natural.
But he wasn’t lifting a trophy.
He could scarcely curve over to get his tee.
Right when Woods thought he was making little advancement to his come back from back surgery, he endured an alarming setback Sunday when he was hit with all the more back ache and withdrew after eight openings from the Bridgestone Invitational.
Yesterday, Woods’ caddie Joe Lacava was at Valhalla outlining the course in Louisville, Ky., that will have this present week’s PGA Championship.
“I’m hopeful,” Lacava said. “I’m trusting he plays. So I’m simply doing whatever work I would ordinarily do.”
Woods’ operator, Mark Steinberg at Excel Sports Management, said in an email yesterday that it was too soon for specialists to choose whether his customer could, or even ought to, attempt to play in the major.
How awful was it? As Woods remained beside his auto on Sunday, he attempted to try and take off his golf shoes before his caddie pushed him away into an indeterminate future.
The enduring pictures of Woods at Firestone were not of him winning, as he did a year ago for the eighth time. They were of Woods recoiling, stumbling and twitching.
In his third competition since coming back from surgery on March 31, this had the look of a genuine setback.
Woods harmed himself playing a shot from edge of a dugout on the standard 5 second gap. With all weight on his right leg, he took a clumsy slice at the ball, fell again around the sand and arrived with a crash, and continued running out of the shelter from sheer energy of the soak drop.
“I simply bumped it, and its been spasming since the time that,” Woods told a PGA Tour official before taking off.
Woods continued playing, hitting various shockingly terrible shots. He hit one into the water from the fairway on No. 3, heading up around 30 yards short of the banner. What’s more on the standard 3 fifth opening, his tee shot was 65 yards short of the gap. From a shelter left of the seventh green, he impacted out and go into the fairway and made twofold flounder.
He grimaced at effect when he hit a 315-yard crash into the left unpleasant on No. 9. Woods gradually stooped over with his right hand on his leg, arrived at to his back and gradually bowed down to expel the tee from the beginning. Minutes after the fact, he ventures into a truck and headed for the parking area.
“It’s simply the entire lower woodlands said. “I don’t realize what happened.”
Experts champion Bubba Watson said he didn’t see Woods hit the shot that damage him on No. 2, however he could tell as the round went on that something wasn’t correct.
“He hit a few shots that we’re not used to seeing Tiger hit, actually when he’s returning from a damage like this,” Watson said. “So clearly, something was pestering him . . . Like I let him know when I shook his hand, I said, ‘I’m appealing to God for you. Trust everything turns out great. Want to see you one week from now.’ ”
With the torment he indicated leaving the course, little doubt remains farfetched that Woods plays this week.
On the off chance that Woods doesn’t, his season would be over. He would need to win the PGA to be qualified for the Fedex Cup playoffs.