While it remains to be seen if Tiger Woods will play this week’s PGA Championship after withdrawing from the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational with lower-back problems, his caddie was back at work Monday morning at the site of the year’s final major.
Woods’ caddie Joe LaCava, who was walking Valhalla Golf Club early Monday to prepare for this week’s PGA, told Golf Channel that it’s too early to make a decision on whether Tiger will play the PGA Championship and that Woods was seeing his physical trainer on Monday to have treatment for the back spasms that forced him to withdraw at the Bridgestone.
Tiger's agent, Mark Steinberg, added: "No decision has been made today. Once one is made, we will communicate it."
Woods withdrew from Firestone after teeing off on the ninth hole on Sunday and told a PGA Tour official that he “jarred” his back on the second hole and the pain became progressively worse.
Woods underwent microdiscectomy surgery on March 31 and the Bridgestone was his third start since returning from the DL. His manager, Mark Steinberg, told Golf Channel’s Todd Lewis that Woods flew home to Florida on Sunday where he will be evaluated and a decision on the PGA Championship will be made when ready.
Woods, seeking his first major victory since the 2008 U.S. Open, won the 2000 PGA Championship at Valhalla.