We already know of one prominent back ailment on the PGA Tour, that of Phil Mickelson, who may or may not play in the Waste Management Phoenix Open this week. But there could be another back problem that we don’t know about.
If you’ll recall, Tiger Woods was having back issues at the end of 2013. He was seen more than once clutching at his back and sinking to his knees at the BMW Championship.
Back pain can return at a moment’s notice, caused by as little as a sneeze. Tiger walked stiffly during Saturday’s third round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, and when he hit a chip shot at the ninth hole – his last of the day – he didn’t even bend his knees to hit the shot. As a result, he chunked it and had to make a 12-footer to break 80.
Tiger doesn’t like to reveal injuries because he believes it shows his fellow competitors a sign of weakness. So, it will be very interesting to watch him in Dubai this week to see if form follows (back) function.