Restricted apply and swing adjustments on the fly seem like the horrifying new actuality for a chronically injured Tiger Woods.
For the second consecutive event, the 15-time main winner opted in opposition to making full swings for the again 9 of a Wednesday pro-am in an effort to protect his ailing again.
Woods additionally prevented full swings throughout a Tuesday apply session at BMW host venue Medinah Nation Membership, as an alternative practising his placing for 45 minutes.
Woods did the identical factor in the course of the pro-am eventually week’s Northern Belief event earlier than capturing four-over-par 75 on day one after which withdrawing from the occasion forward of the second spherical, citing a “delicate indirect pressure”.
However world No.6 Woods is optimistic about finishing the no-cut BMW Championship beginning Thursday.
He was spectacular within the first 9 of his Wednesday pro-am, capturing an unofficial four-under-par 32.
However Woods didn’t hit a full shot after his drive on the 10th gap.
The 43-year-old, who underwent spinal fusion surgical procedure in 2017, solely chipped and putted for the again 9.
Afterwards, Woods insisted he was more healthy than final week and was desperate to play the 7600-yard Chicago course the place he gained the 1999 and 2006 US PGA Championships.
“Approach, approach higher,” Woods mentioned of his again.
“It was good to take these days off (final week) and let it relax and get a bunch of therapy on it.
“It feels so a lot better. I performed the entrance 9 as we speak and performed fairly nicely; it was good to see.”
Woods gained the Masters in April for his 15th main and fifth title at Augusta Nationwide, however he has performed simply 5 tournaments since then.
He missed the minimize on the US PGA Championship and British Open, whereas final week’s withdrawal was the primary time he has pulled out throughout an occasion worldwide in two years.
In an ominous admission, Woods mentioned making swing adjustments to compensate for his plagued again was diverting the accidents to different areas of the physique.
“The forces have gotten to go someplace, and sadly after I make any form of tweaks and adjustments to my swing, it is like a brand new physique half is aching,” he mentioned.
“Sadly I am unable to mess around (my) again like I used to, and sadly issues flare up.
“I’ve tried to make (swing) tweaks all yr, making an attempt to ease the stress off my again whereas I used to be nonetheless enjoying.
“Sadly I have never actually executed an excellent job of that, and when I’ve, I’ve hit the ball fairly nicely.”
Woods is 38th on the FedEx Cup factors standings and can want at the least a solo 11th place to climb into the highest 30 who qualify for subsequent week’s Tour Championship playoffs finale.
Woods gained that occasion final yr, at East Lake Golf Membership in Atlanta.