Tiger Woods has faced numerous challenges on the green before, but nothing of this (painful) scale. At the WGC-Cadillac Championship in Doral, Florida, all it took was one swing at the sixth hole in the last round before Woods’ back injury acted up—again.
It wasn't the first time Woods’ back injury gave him problems. He had to withdraw from the Honda Classic a week earlier. He was 13 holes into the final round when his back spasms flared up and he couldn't continue.
At Doral, Woods stood with one foot outside of the hazard and the other in a fairway bunker and hit an 8-iron. That swing must have triggered and aggravated his back problem, because from there on, he grimaced and was clearly uncomfortable in his movements until the end of the round.
Woods’ pain was clear to see, as he often winced after drives and looked uneasy as he stood over putts. However, unlike his round at the Honda Classic, he did not consider withdrawing at all. “We've done all the protocols,” Woods said, referring to his back spasms, adding that “it’s just a matter of keeping everything aligned.”
He managed to finish 6-over-par 78, statistically his worst ever at Doral. It put him on a shared spot on 25th place. He wasn’t able to make a single birdie either, the eighth time in his entire PGA Tour career.
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The day before, Woods did exceptionally well, enough to post a tournament-best 6-under 66. He felt sore after that round, but it was nothing compared to his condition on Sunday. It’s tougher, Woods says, on certain days when his injury simply flares up.
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For Woods, he just needs to keep things steady. He said he was happy that his back got better after the previous week. He is scheduled to go to Bay Hill in two weeks to defend his title in the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Before then, Woods said that it would be good to have a week off and “get some treatment.”
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