Published: Thu, August 09, 2018

Tiger Woods battles inflammation ‘everywhere’ this week at PGA Championship

Tiger Woods battles inflammation ‘everywhere’ this week at PGA Championship

When Woods was told of Bjorn's comments and asked if he believes that, he said with a smile, "I like my chances in match play".

Woods has not played the PGA since 2015 at Whistling Straits, where he missed the cut. So things are going to be different from day to day, and it's just about managing it. I played in a lot of final groups and I haven't played well enough when it's counted.

Fleetwood played with eventual champion Justin Thomas in his opening two rounds at Quail Hollow previous year and says he learned "a few things" from watching the American on the way to his first major title. "Playing around my spine's a little bit different". "He just had his fourth back surgery, so to get to this point is a phenomenal achievement already".

And while Woods has not spoken in past months of his physical well-being confirmation he underwent ice treatment on his back on Monday has many observers wondering if Woods is covering-up his true fitness. "I've gotten into a couple of bad habits, as you said, and that just makes it a little tougher for me to be consistent with a shorter club in my hand". "I'm glad that this generation of players gets to experience Tiger Woods, because that's what they need".

Woods underwent spinal fusion surgery in April previous year and admits he feels "blessed" simply to be able to compete again, but has already failed to convert several chances to claim his first victory since 2013.

At any golf tournament Rory McIlroy, a charismatic four-time major victor, is the main attraction except when Woods is also competing and then the Northern Irishman is left to handicap the American's chances as much as his own.

Playing the back nine first at a sweltering Bellerive Country Club, Fowler was slow out of the gate, mixing two birdies with what would be his only bogey of the day. "It felt very familiar", Woods added.

But on Tuesday it was Thomas Bjørn, with four captain's picks for his European squad to take on the United States in Paris next month, who was quizzed about Woods.

"I feel like I'm just showing up to catch Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, I wouldn't do that. I just didn't do it".

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