The questions surrounding Tiger Woods and the condition of his back should be put to rest after his showing during the first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship. Woods, who battled a sore back for the entirety of The Barclays last week, showed no signs of discomfort in a first round in which he shot a three under par 68. He’s currently five shots off of the pace set by Phil Mickelson and Brian Davis after one round. When asked about his back, Woods credited the extra day off with helping him get back into game shape. “It helped having that extra day off,” he said. “It made a difference.”
His Friday scorecard isn’t anything that is going to blow you away, but it was far from appalling. He carded two birdies on the back nine and added two more on the front (his final nine of the day) in addition to a bogey on the par-4 first hole. It was evident from the beginning that both Woods and Adam Scott were going to struggle to keep pace with Mickelson, the final member of their group. Despite the fact that Woods is a few shots off of the pace the good news is that his back no longer seems to be a problem – which means that he just might be able to get through the rest of the playoffs healthy.
As is usually the case when a pro golfer steps onto the course, Woods knows that he left some scoring chances out on the course. “Missed a few opportunities out there,” he said. “The golf course is really receptive and certainly gettable.” Even though he didn’t hit the ball as well as he would have liked, Tiger definitely did not play himself out of the tournament in the first round.
We saw him make a run at the title last week with a bad back. If he can stay within a few shots of the lead heading into the final round at TPC Boston, a healthy Tiger will make things interesting during Monday’s final round.