Toms back: Contending after injury ... from tying shoe

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AKRON, Ohio – All the contortion David Toms makes in a golf swing, and he hurt his back at home bending over to tie his shoes.

Toms, 45, is rebounding strong from a back ailment at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, his first event since the U.S. Open seven weeks ago. Toms hurt himself the Monday after tying for fourth at The Olympic Club.

“I was tying my shoes,” Toms said. “I was bending over in my closet. It usually happens three or four times a year. Unfortunately, it kept me out for a little while.”

Toms posted a 3-under-par 67 Friday at Firestone and was in sixth place, six shots off the lead midway through the second round.

“It feels good to be back again and competing, and I feel pretty healthy,” Toms said. “I’m happy where my golf swing is.”

Toms feels so good, he is planning to play six consecutive weeks.

“Obviously, I have to pace myself, probably not beat as many balls,” said Toms, the 2001 PGA Championship winner.

Toms believes his back issues are related to a hip problem.

“I still need to see a specialist,” Toms said. “I’ve had a couple different opinions on my MRI, so it’s probably something I should take care of in the off season.”