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Tiger Woods says back is better ahead of his charity tournament

October 15, 2013|By Jim Peltz
  • Tiger Woods says the back problems that bothered him during the Presidents Cup have gotten better after taking a week off to rest and recuperate after the tournament.
Tiger Woods says the back problems that bothered him during the Presidents… ( Matt Sullivan / Getty Images )

Tiger Woods said the back problems that nagged him at the recent Presidents Cup have dissipated as he prepares for the final two events of his season.

"My back feels great," he told reporters on a conference call Tuesday to promote the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge, a tournament Dec. 5-8 at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks that benefits Woods' charities.

Woods, 37, fought lingering back pain while helping the U.S. team secure the Presidents Cup victory in Dublin, Ohio, nine days ago.

But since then, "I took a week off, I've trained this week, I've gotten a bunch of treatment" that eased the problem, Woods said.

The world's top-ranked player plans two more tournaments this year: One in Turkey on Nov. 7-11 and then his charity event, which pays $1 million to the winner.

The 18-player field in this year's World Challenge also includes Rory McIlroy, Ernie Els, Bubba Watson and defending World Challenge winner Graeme McDowell.

Woods won five PGA Tour events this year but again was unable to win one of golf's four major tournaments.

That continued to leave him four majors shy of Jack Nicklaus' record of 18. Woods' last major victory was five years ago at the 2008 U.S. Open.

Asked about still being short of Nicklaus' record, Woods replied, "My career's not done yet, I'm still playing and I think I'm still playing at a high level. But the wins fall where they fall."

Nicklaus himself said in September that he remained confident Woods would one day surpass his mark.


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