Limping across the finish line


OK, it may not be Jack Youngblood limping onto the gridiron during the 1979 Super Bowl with a broken left leg, but a handful of players are limping and grimacing into this week’s finale on the PGA Tour.

Stewart Cink tweaked his back on the eve of the final round of last week’s BMW Championship. Plenty of rest, the Atlanta-area native has been rained in like much of the south, and some heat helped ease the pain.

“He was trying to force himself into a position and with his smooth swing that doesn’t work,” said the Open champion’s trainer Chris Noss.

Mike Weir also injured his back just before the final turn at Cog Hill, and Brian Gay has been struggling with an ailing back since the Scottish Open in July.

“Guys aren’t used to playing this much golf. It’s a lot of high-level golf to play at this time of year,” Noss said. “(Having) last week off really helped.”

And they say professional golfers aren’t athletes.