Short soldiers on despite back pain


It was painful to watch Wes Short Jr. on Saturday at the U.S. Senior Open. Short's back began to flare up when he hit his tee shot on the second hole, and continued throughout the round. The 50-year-old pro from Austin, Texas, was in such pain that he had to have someone else pick up his ball on the green. Fellow competitor Vijay Singh and Short's caddie, Michael Harwood, did the honors.

Anyone watching Short contort in pain after nearly every shot, sometimes even falling to his knees, must have silently asked the same question: Why doesn't he withdraw?

“It was my first USGA [championship] and I wanted to try to finish,” Short told reporters at Oak Tree National in Edmond, Okla. “I thought Vijay was great. I hope I didn’t mess him up because I was going slow and it was painful.”

“The physio folks came out a couple of times and said they didn’t think I could damage it any further, so I continued to play,” Short said. "I was just hoping I could get to the 18th and maybe get some help. Maybe I could stay in contention.”

Short shot a 5-over 76 and is tied for 18th.