Being one of the most legendary golfers of all time certainly has its perks. Even though golfers were required to inform officials by 5 p.m. ET Tuesday if they are playing in the PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club this weekend, the same did not go for Tiger Woods. The superstar got an extension after he asked the PGA for more time on a decision to appear in the tournament.
Woods withdrew from the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational this past Sunday due to a sore back. He later stated that he re-aggravated the pinched nerve in his back that he had surgery to fix only a few months ago.
“It happened on the second hole when I hit my second shot, I fell back into the bunker,” Woods told the Golf Channel. “I just jarred it, and it’s been spasming ever since. It’s just the whole lower back. I don’t know what happened.”
The assumption is that Woods has no chance in making an appearance at the PGA Championship, which also ensures that his Ryder Cup chances are in doubt. With that said, Woods remains determined to push through the pain and appear in the major tournament that he has won four times in his career, including at Valhalla Golf Club in 2000.
Joe LaCava, who is the caddie for Woods, has been working hard all week by walking the course and writing notes in his yardage book in case his employer is healthy enough to play.
“I’m optimistic,” LaCava said, according to golf.com. “I’m hoping he plays. So I’m just doing whatever work I would normally do.”
For now, the golf world will have to wait to see if the 38-year-old Woods will be able to pull another trick out his bag. If not, his season is over and his career another step closer to ending without a win in another major.