Posted March 11, 2014

Bad Back and All, Tiger Woods Plan to Play in Arnie’s Event

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Tiger Woods and Arnold Palmer share a laugh during the trophy presentation after Woods won the 2013 Arnold Palmer Invitational. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Tiger Woods and Arnold Palmer share a laugh during the trophy presentation after Woods won the 2013 Arnold Palmer Invitational. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

He’ll be back.

That’s the latest word on an ailing Tiger Woods, who, according to his camp, is planning on competing in next week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. Woods is the defending champion at the event, which he has won eight times.

“Tiger is continuing to get treatment and get himself in a good place for next week,” his agent, Mark Steinberg, told ESPN. “He intends to be at Bay Hill.”

That “treatment” is for back problems that plagued Woods late last season and have been very much in evidence so far this year.

Wincing and walking gingerly, Woods shot a final round 78 on Sunday at Doral, one week after withdrawing due to back spasms from the final round of the Honda Classic at PGA National.

Following his disappointing finish at Doral, Woods spoke matter-of-factly about pains that have become all too familiar.

“If it flares up, it flares up,” he said. “It’s just a matter of keeping it calm, and we had a quick turnaround here from (the Honda). It would be nice to have a week off where I can shut it down and get some treatment.”

On paper, at least, Woods is required to play in the Wednesday pro-am at Arnie’s event.  But he could employ a waiver to escape that obligation, a kind of get-out-of-jail-free card that Tour pros are allowed to use twice a year.

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11 comments
bamm1766
bamm1766

then take another year off, just another excuse I don't want to hear about Tiger not playing well, his drive is not there anymore plain and simple, it's ok he made his money just no more excuses for him

golferx
golferx

anyone who has experienced REAL back problems knows that they don't go away in a week,especially with the strain golf puts on the back.

tigger's "bad back" follows his poor play, NOT the other way around.

macer
macer

Some followers of golf fail to acknowledge truth.  I certainly believe Tiger experienced back spasms at the Honda Classic and last week during the WGC Cadillac.  If Tiger were faking injury, fellow players and the press would know immediately and his credibility with them would be damaged for the remainder of his career.

golf.com is slipping into or purposely following the script of the National Enquirer-like golfchannel.com., when,  for example, scripting exaggerated headlines such as "slapped with a subpoena," "is Vonn cheating on Tiger?," and presenting five brief articles with Tiger in the headlines.  Yes, Tiger is The Needle in golf and attracts readership and generates comments, however, golf.com does not need to rely on trash headlines and articles to attract readership. 

Aaron39
Aaron39

Good because ratings and ticket sales would plummet if he wasn't in the field.  When he's healthy his game is still the best on tour, proof of his Saturday 66 at Doral.

macer
macer

@golferx

Are you stating Tiger's back problems are not "REAL?"  If yes, provide evidence of such!

Tiger defined his injury as back spasms and shared that back spasms are not cured in a brief period of time.  He also stated that play is possible with treatments for back spasms.  Furthermore, Tiger himself stated competition is day to day, pending status of his back spasms.

Is it possible that experiencing back spasms correlate to higher scores?  Is it also possible that experiencing back spasms correlate to improved scores?  Is it possible that little or no correlations exists between experiencing back spasms and 18 hole score? 

Are you suggesting that Tiger uses back spasms, whether real or not, as an excuse for higher scores?

macer
macer

@kelprod1

Your sleazy nickname for Tiger Woods would be appropriate for TMZ and National Enquirer!

golferx
golferx

@macer @golferx 

no Evidence required as it is MY opinion. just like your opinion if you think tigger has REAL back problems. tigger has provided NO evidence that he has back problems has he??


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