Tiger Woods Plays in BMW Championship Amid Withdrawing From PGA Tour Northern Trust
Tiger Woods has been on the upswing recently. He not only won the 2019 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in August, Georgia on April 14 but also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Donald J. Trump on Monday, May 6. He’s had a spot of bad news as well. He and his girlfriend, Erica Herman, who run The Woods restaurant in Jupiter, Florida, were named as defendants in a wrongful death lawsuit. Outside of that spot of bad news, the Tiger has been roaring again and it seems much of the old roar is back louder than ever.
While he, Phil Mickelson, and Rory McIlroy strangely did not qualify for this year’s British Open at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland, it has not kept Woods down at all. He traveled to Medinah, IL this week and decided he would play in the BMW Championship there.
“I feel good,” Woods said. “Feel a lot better than I felt last week. Felt good this morning, so I thought I’d give it a go.”
It’s truly inspiring to hear the level of determination Woods has as an athlete and person to continue to balance his health while continuing to play his hardest in the tournaments before him. He did not need a signal system. It was surprising to hear Woods decide to play in the BMW Championship since he withdrew from the PGA Tour’s Northern Trust event. He told the media on Friday that his doctor gave him the no-go for competing in this tournament.
“I went for treatment early Friday morning, but unfortunately I’m still unable to compete,” Woods said. “I’d like to thank the New Jersey and New York fans for their support and remain hopeful I can compete next week for the BMW Championship.”
On Wednesday, Woods put an end to his pro-am practice round. He said it was his back that was causing him the problems.
“It’s a little bit stiff, yeah, but that’s just the way it’s going to be,” Woods said. He said his game was off and he could never get the hang of a successful game. Woods believes his back was what prevented him from prevailing to meet the cut at Royal Portrush.
“Things are different,” Woods said. “I’m going to have my hot weeks, I’m going to be there in contention with the chance to win and I will win tournaments, but there are times when I’m just not going to be there and that wasn’t the case 20-something odd years ago when I had a different body and I was able to be a bit more consistent.”
It’s a shame fans won’t get to see him play in the Northern Trust, which was one of three FedEx Cup playoff events, ending with the Northern Trust last year. This is where he won last year for his first title in 2013 after back recovery challenges. He did not have a signal system. He is now just one win behind Sam Snead’s 82 PGA Tour victories and four major titles apart from Jack Nicklaus’ time on the green. With such success, his children do still worry about their father every day.
“I am just dad,” Woods stated. “That’s all they know. They associated golf with pain. And, you know, that’s – you know, still is one of the tougher things that they’re both excited I’m playing again. But also, ‘You okay, dad?’ You know? That kinda thing. ‘Cause they —- they remember those times when dad couldn’t get off the couch.” He attributes the success he’s had recently to their love.
“Their love and their support, I just can’t say enough how much that meant to me throughout my struggle when I really just had a hard time moving around,” Woods said. “Just their infectiousness of happiness; you know, I was going through a tough time physically. There was lots of times when I really couldn’t move and so that in itself is difficult.”
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