MEDINAH, Ailing. — For the second straight week, Tiger Woods spent most of his pre-tournament pro-am spherical doing extra chatting than enjoying, electing to not hit full photographs on the again 9 at Medinah Nation Membership.
However in contrast to at Liberty Nationwide final week, the place Woods did the identical factor in the course of the pro-am and ended up withdrawing previous to the second spherical, he seemed much better Wednesday on the BMW Championship.
The 9 holes he did play had been surprisingly stable, and he spent the again 9 chipping, placing and hitting bunker photographs. He mentioned it was to once more be cautious and since after a fast front-nine, the again would “be a loss of life march for the following two-and-a-half to 3 hours.”
Woods mentioned Wednesday was the primary time he hit full photographs since withdrawing from the Northern Belief with an indirect pressure.
“Manner, means higher,” Woods mentioned. “It was good to take these days off and let it relax and get a bunch of therapy on it. It feels so a lot better. I performed the entrance 9 right now and performed fairly properly. It was good to see. Took the again 9 off, chipped and putted fairly a bit. It feels quite a bit higher than it did on Friday.”
Woods mentioned the indirect harm stemmed from modifications he made to his swing that had been in response to some tightness points he had along with his again, which has problematic since he gained the Masters in April.
This can be simply his sixth begin since successful his 15th main title and Thursday will make simply his 14th aggressive spherical of golf in that interval.
“As I’ve mentioned earlier than, the forces have gotten to go someplace, and sadly once I make any form of tweaks and modifications to my swing, it is like a brand new physique half is aching,” he mentioned. “Sadly I can not play across the again like I used to, and sadly issues flare up.”
Woods mentioned he has tried to make tweaks to his swing all yr to “ease the stress of my again whereas I used to be nonetheless enjoying. Sadly, I have not actually achieved an excellent job of that, and when I’ve, I’ve hit the ball fairly properly. I used to be actually enthusiastic about what I used to be doing at Liberty. I made some good modifications and clearly did not really feel very properly on Thursday.”
Woods mentioned Wednesday he was nonetheless hoping to play his means on the U.S. Presidents Cup group he’ll captain and whose eight automated qualifiers can be decided on the finish of the BMW Championship. However Woods did not understand he has slipped to 13th within the factors, that means he cannot qualify even with a victory.
With the intention to advance to subsequent week’s Tour Championship — the place he gained his 80th PGA Tour title final yr — Woods possible wants to complete no worse than 11th right here.
“I am making an attempt to win this event identical to anyone else on this area and making an attempt to get to East Lake and making an attempt to get to a spot the place loads of issues modified for me final yr, and hopefully I could make that occur,” he mentioned.
Woods should overcome a scarcity of competitors and follow to make that occur, however he is at a well-recognized place. Woods gained the 1999 and 2006 PGA Championships at Medinah. And he famous that he made his first reduce in a PGA Tour occasion as an newbie (in 1995) when the BMW was referred to as the Western Open. He has gained this event 5 occasions, the final in 2009.
This can be simply the 12th event of 2019 for Woods, who gained the Masters, tied for fifth on the WGC-Dell Applied sciences Match Play, and had top-10 finishes on the WGC-Mexico Championship and the Memorial.
He begins play on Thursday at 12:54 (ET) with C.T. Pan and Billy Horschel.