Sunday 28 December 2014

Tiger Woods winces – but not because of his back pain

Karl MacGinty

Published 08/08/2014 | 02:30

Tiger Woods takes drop after a wayward tee shot on the seventh hole during the first round of the USPGA at Valhalla
Tiger Woods takes drop after a wayward tee shot on the seventh hole during the first round of the USPGA at Valhalla

TIGER WOODS grimaced and winced his way around Valhalla yesterday, but it was all down to frustration, not pain, as the former World No 1 crashed headlong into reality at the US PGA Championship.

Woods only turned up at Valhalla on the eve of the tournament after keeping the world on tenterhooks since his withdrawal with back spasms from last Sunday's final round of the Bridgestone Invitational.

Only Tiger could play a paltry nine holes of practice and then pledge he'd come to win the fourth Major of the season ... but the ailing 38-year-old found those words too hard to live up to during an insipid first-round 74 that left him struggling to make today's cut.

"It wasn't very good," said Woods with the understatement of the day as he wallowed nine shots off the clubhouse lead held jointly by England's Lee Westwood and Californian Kevin Chappell on six-under after splendid 65s.

"I'd a lot of bad shots and I never got a putt to the hole," added Woods. "I hit all my lines. Just for some reason I thought they were going to be a little bit quicker and I didn't make the adjustment well enough.

"I'd had plenty of looks to turn my round around and post something even-par, even under-par but if you don't play well and don't get a putt to the hole, that's not a good combo."

As for his back, he said: "It was a little bit stiff, but that's about it."

Irish Independent

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