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Woods on skipping first pro-am: 'Best thing for me'

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NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. – Tiger Woods said he’s never skipped a Wednesday pro-am, but at the tail end of a long season, at the final stop on a stressful three-week stretch, he finally decided to sit one out.

“I needed it,” he said Thursday. “I really did. I’ve played a lot of golf in the last six weeks, and I needed a day off to recover and make sure I was fresh today.”

Woods looked rejuvenated in shooting an 8-under 62 to share the early lead at the BMW Championship.


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To pass the time Wednesday, Woods said he went to the gym, received treatment and watched “a lot” of U.S. Open tennis. He felt even better about his decision when the temperatures soared over 90 degrees, and Hideki Matsuyama and a couple of caddies had to pull out of the pro-am because of heat exhaustion.

“I wanted to manage it, and I’m disappointed I didn’t play in the pro-am,” he said. “But then again, it was the best thing for me.”