Woods no lengthy feeling ache within the neck at Gamers

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12 Mar 2019, 22:46 IST
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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Tiger Woods now not has a ache within the neck.

The trick going ahead for Woods is to verify the soreness that brought on him to withdraw from the Arnold Palmer Invitational would not hold him from lacking extra tournaments the remainder of his injury-filled profession.

“I am 43 with 4 again surgical procedures so should handle what I’ve and perceive that I’ll have good weeks and dangerous weeks and try to handle as finest I presumably can and never push it,” Woods stated Tuesday after a nine-hole apply spherical at The Gamers Championship.

“There are occasions when through the years I pushed it, pushed by means of a couple of issues, and I’ve gained a couple of tournaments doing it that approach,” he stated. “But in addition, I’ve price myself a couple of years right here and there due to it.”

Woods selected to not push it final week by skipping Bay Hill, the place he has gained eight instances.

He had fusion surgical procedure on his decrease backbone in April 2017 — his fourth surgical procedure on his again in 4 years — and it allowed him to return to a stage that noticed him win final yr on the Tour Championship, play in one other Ryder Cup and return to the highest 15 on this planet rating.

Woods stated his neck first bothered him final summer season on the British Open, the place he was seen sporting kinesiology tape, and at instances throughout an enormous stretch of tournaments throughout the FedEx Cup playoffs.

It flared up once more on the Genesis Open final month, after which bought worse in Mexico Metropolis the next week.

“It was attending to the purpose the place it was affecting my setup, my backswing, my by means of swing,” Woods stated. “It was simply regularly getting worse. That is simply because my decrease again is fused, and so the stress has to go someplace if I haven’t got motion, and so it is crucial for me going ahead because the surgical procedure to maintain pliable or else the stress goes to go elsewhere.”

Woods didn’t need to decide to a pre-Masters schedule till after The Gamers was over.

The Valspar Championship subsequent week is the place he was runner-up final yr. That is adopted by the Dell Applied sciences Match Play, a World Golf Championship for which he had not been eligible since 2014.

Requested particularly about Match Play, Woods stated, “If nothing flares up, then I will play.”

Both approach, he was not involved about being ready for the Masters, which begins April 11, as he tries to finish 10 years with out profitable a significant. Assuming this week goes effectively and he goes to Texas for the Match Play, that may give him 5 tournaments earlier than the Masters.

Woods performed between 5 and 6 instances earlier than the Masters throughout youthful and more healthy instances over the past 15 years.

“I’ve performed three this yr to this point, and that is about proper,” he stated. “I used to be going to play three or 4. If I might have gotten my rounds in final week, it might have been 4 tournaments, so I am proper there the place I must be. My finishes are getting a bit bit higher every time I’ve gone out to this point this yr, and I’ve gotten a bit bit extra per my play. And I feel that every part is headed on observe towards April.”

As for his well being, Woods doesn’t think about {that a} main concern.

Lengthy earlier than the again surgical procedures, he had 4 surgical procedures on his left knee, the worst of them in 2008 per week after he gained the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. He additionally has handled an Achilles’ heel downside and what he described as a left arm concern on the 2013 U.S. Open.

“It is extra simply my decrease again,” Woods stated. “I’ve bought to maintain that transferring, though it is fastened. I’ve bought to maintain all the opposite constructions pliable, and that is one of many points of getting a process like I did, that the forces need to go someplace. I’ve bought to remain match, I’ve bought to remain on it, and have to remain as free as I presumably can for so long as I play out right here.”

For now, Woods is attempting to maintain his recreation transferring in the best route because the Masters attracts close to. He has not completed out of the highest 20 in his three begins this yr, although he not completed nearer than eight pictures of the winner.

The Gamers Championship has returned to its March date, and Woods is the one participant within the 144-man discipline to have gained it in March (2001) and Could (2013).

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