JERSEY CITY, N.J. – His scorecard may not have reflected it, but Tiger Woods was again suffering from a stiff back throughout Thursday’s opening round.
One day after electing not to hit a single full shot during the final nine holes of The Barclays pro-am, Woods posted a bogey-free 4-under 67, but later revealed that he did so with further back tightness.
It’s an issue that was exacerbated by two lengthy weather suspensions.
“The back was stiff going out on the third restart, but it is what it is,” he said. “It was nice to have that kind of hour warmup, though. The first time we had to go back out, we had less than 30 minutes to get out there and be in position, and that was a bit harder. But the second restart and my third tee-off, it was nice to have that long warmup.”
Woods intimated that not knowing exactly when he’d restart made it difficult to properly receive treatment during the delays.
“It's hard to time,” he continued. “Kooch [Matt Kuchar] and I were in the trailer together, and it's, OK, when are we going, when are we not going. It's hard to get the timing right, because you want to get the timing right so you get the treatment and you're out there on the course.
“But then again, you don't want to get treated and sit down and have what you just worked on get all messed up again. So it's trying to get the timing right and trying to communicate with our rules staff and see what's going on.”