Published: Thu, August 08, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Woods rested, back not entirely ready for FedEx Cup playoffs

Woods rested, back not entirely ready for FedEx Cup playoffs

The Northern Trust is Woods' first start since he missed the cut last month at the British Open at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland, where he said the cold and damp conditions hindered his flexibility.

At the Northern Trust, Woods will be joined by most of the world's top 125 players, headlined by top-ranked Brooks Koepka and and Rory McIlroy, the No. 2 behind him in the FedExCup standings. Some days I'm stiffer than others. A lot of time was spent discussing his practice habits, or should I say lack of, as he mentioned that he can no longer practice almost as long as he used to.

"I learned a lot previous year by playing too much", Woods said.

And that continued a common refrain from Woods in his four tournament starts since winning the Masters in April.

"Coming back from my procedure past year, I pushed it pretty hard". "Coming back from my procedure and not really knowing what to expect, I pushed it pretty hard". Changes to the Majors schedule and an attempt to keep his four-time surgically repaired back healthy have kept him out of competition for long stretches. "We have a more condensed season and trying to figure out how to stay sharp, practice and have my back feeling good all the time is a challenge". "It is a challenge".

'I can't practice as much as I'd like, certainly can't even sniff how much I used to practice.

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Temperatures during the FedEx Cup playoffs will be considerably warmer, and that figures to help the 43-year-old Woods, who is almost two full seasons into his comeback from spinal fusion surgery that rejuvenated his career and saw him capture his 80th PGA Tour title last September at the Tour Championship and his 15th major title at Augusta National.

Woods, a 15-time major champion chasing the all-time record 18 majors won by Jack Nicklaus, has 81 career US PGA titles, one shy of matching Sam Snead's all-time record.

The player who has the most points after the BMW Championship will start the first round of the Tour Championship on a score of 10 under par. He missed the cut at the PGA Championship, tied for ninth at the Memorial Tournament, tied for 21st at the U.S. Open and then missed the cut three weeks ago at The Open.

'It's going to be different for all of us, ' Woods added. But I'm trying to get myself where I'm in contention, where yeah, it takes a toll on you, and that's what I want to feel.

Woods is now ranked 28th in the standings for the FedEx Cup.

Jersey City, NJ- Each time Tiger Woods takes the course, it is impossible to not discuss his Herculean accomplishments. He can put the clubs away tomorrow and live happily ever after. I want to feel that type of tiredness where I had a chance to win, a chance to win. that's a good feeling'.

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