Tiger Woods said the neck strain that kept him from playing last week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational is no longer causing him pain, and that seemed apparent Tuesday during a nine-hole practice round that followed a lengthy practice session on Monday at TPC-Sawgrass.
Woods missed a scheduled tournament for the first time since returning last year from spinal fusion surgery, and said it was more to make sure a growing problem that started last month in Los Angeles did not get worse.
“It was getting to the point where it was affecting my setup, my backswing, my through swing,’’ said Woods, who is back from this week’s Players Championship. “It was just gradually getting worse. That’s just because my lower back is fused, and so the stress has to go somewhere if I don’t have movement, and so it’s very important for me going forward since the surgery to keep pliable or else the stress is going to go somewhere else.’’
Woods said he will use this week to determine if he is playing next week’s Valspar Championship or the WGC-Dell Match Play Championship, meaning he will compete in just one more event for a total of five prior to the Masters.
He also has a new set of eyes looking at his putting stroke after two poor putting events at the Genesis Open and WGC-Mexico Championship.
Matt Killen, a Kentucky-based instructor who has worked with the likes of Kenny Perry, J.B. Holmes and Justin Thomas, is at TPC Sawgrass and spent a few days with Woods last week when he practiced at home. Woods had six three-putts in both the Genesis and Mexico events, a first for his career in consecutive events.
“I had Matt take a look at it,’’ Woods said. “I’ve seen Matt out here in the past year because he works with JT a lot and Matt has seen my stroke enough. I wanted him to take a look at it and see what he thought of where my setup looked like now versus all the times that I’ve putted well and I’ve putted well with different postures throughout my career. I’ve done different things. “But I wanted him to take a look at it, and then he mentioned a few things. As I’ve started to feel a little bit better this week or this past week, then the putting definitely freed up.’’
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