Woods plays 18; back 'felt good' during pro-am


NORTON, Mass. – Tiger Woods had only planned to play nine holes during the Deutsche Bank Championship pro-am Thursday morning.

His back felt so good, though, that he decided to play all 18.

Though he hadn’t hit a golf ball since Sunday’s final round of The Barclays and despite undergoing treatment “two or three times a day” in the time since, Woods reported a pain-free round in chilly, rainy conditions.

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“It was nice to have that extra day of rest; having the tournament start on Friday certainly helps,” Woods explained after the round. “Today was nice. I was able to go out there, I hadn't swung a club since Sunday at The Barclays, and it was nice to go out today and feel comfortable and be able to hit shots. I was only going to play nine holes and chip and putt on the back nine like I did at Barclays, but it felt good so I continued playing today.”

He didn’t hold back, either.

Woods estimated that on the soft, long TPC Boston course he hit driver on almost every par 4 and par 5 hole.

“I had no problems hitting them and it felt good to be able to have that feeling again, considering the last time I swung a club, it wasn't that way,” he said.

In regard to the treatments, Woods revealed that there are a handful of different parts to it.

“Ice, stim(ulation), ultrasound, soft tissue, make sure the firing sequence is good, it's in the proper sequence, and that and plenty of rest – something I'm not real good at, but I was forced to do it,” he said.

He also allowed that even with his back feeling better, the treatments will continue.

“As far as receiving that type of treatment, yeah, I'm going to have to do it,” he said. “I don't want to have to do it. So hopefully my back will stay where it's at right now and, if not, improve so I can start doing the other little exercises, start strengthening it and getting back to where it needs to be.”

Just as he did at last week’s Barclays, Woods continued to maintain that he doesn’t have any long-term worries about the injury.

“It could be fixed through the treatments,” he explained. “If that's the case, that's fantastic, and I've just got to adhere to it and do it. And obviously it's going to be a long stretch through here and through the Presidents Cup, I'm playing a lot of golf. And that's why it's great having the physios that I have and have been working on my body for a number about of years. And they know my body.”