Tiger Woods played full shots on just nine holes of the Wednesday pro-am at Liberty National Golf Course ahead of this week’s FedEx Cup playoffs opener at The Barclays, citing neck and back stiffness.
The culprit, Woods thinks? A soft hotel bed.
“My neck and back are a little bit stiff. It was stiff this morning after a soft bed and just one of those things, sleeping in hotels,” said Woods. “I didn’t want to push it, so just took it easy and chipped and putted.”
Woods made no allusion to a nagging elbow injury that the five-time 2013 winner said was aggravated in winning The Players in May. The world No. 1 also said his neck and back were fine at home, so he will see a back specialist to make sure there’s no significant trouble that can’t be fixed with a better bed.
Asked if he’ll be on a new mattress on Wednesday night, Woods said coyly, “What do you think? We’ll have something.”
No word on if Lindsey Vonn was in the room or as bothered by the mattress.