The Barclays: Tiger Woods Fighting Through Back Problems, Still Within Striking Distance

By Carl Conrad
Tiger Woods The Barclays 3rd Round
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Tiger Woods isn’t one to give up easily and he’s been fighting through back and neck issues all week at The Barclays. He thinks the problems started earlier in the week when he slept on a mattress that was too soft. Since that point he’s been constantly trying to work through stiffness and soreness. Woods said that the ailment feels fine when he wakes up but worsens throughout the day. “It starts off great every day, and then it progressively deteriorates as the day goes on,” he said. “Hopefully tomorrow it will be one of those days again and fight through it and see if I can win a tournament.”

The fact that the first three days at Liberty National Golf Club were marathon events probably hasn’t helped a whole lot. The good news for Woods is that he only has 18 holes to play tomorrow and the weather appears as if it will be cooperative. Even if everything goes as planned, Tiger will still more than likely have to play through some pain.

Despite the soreness, Woods has still managed to put together three sub-70 rounds. He is currently tied for fourth with David Lynn at eight under par – four shots off of the lead. Anyone that knows anything about Woods is well aware that he has the ability to close a four-shot gap in his sleep.

A few days of rest and treatment to begin next week should be more than enough to get Woods back to 100 percent. He has been given no indication that he has suffered through an injury, but rather is just dealing with some soreness that will go away once he gives his body a break for a few days. “I mean, once you start off with it and then you keep playing on it, practicing, warming up, I’m loading it pretty good,” he said. “It’s not like I go out there and puff it around. I kind of go at it a little bit.”

A good showing tomorrow should allow Woods to extend his lead in the FedEx Cup Playoffs. It is starting to look more and more like Woods will be contending for his third FedEx Cup championship in a few weeks.

Carl Conrad is the Senior Golf Writer for Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.

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