If Tiger's healthy, he'll play with Scott, Mickelson
Sunday, August 25, 2013
The golf gods have to be doing whatever dance is necessary to make sure Tiger Woods is healthy enough to tee it up at the Deutsche Bank Championship on Friday at TPC Boston.
The event would be dealing with a dream threesome of Woods, Adam Scott and Phil Mickelson on Friday and Saturday, as the trio is ranked 1-2-3, respectively, in the FedEx Cup Standings after Sunday's finish at the Barclays. Traditionally, those players are paired together during the playoffs.
Woods came within an inch of sending the Barclays into a playoff with Scott. Instead, the Aussie earned his second victory of the season behind a 5-under 66.
Mickelson also has two victories this season, while Woods has five. Of course, Scott (Masters) and Mickelson (Open Championship) claim major titles this year, while Woods is still searching for No. 15.
Woods is dealing with a back injury that reared its head at the PGA Championship and was back in focus after Wednesday's pro-am at Liberty National, although the World No. 1 blamed a soft hotel bed for the discomfort.
Yet, the injury seemed to get worse throughout the week, culminating in Woods falling to his knees after hitting his second shot at the par-5 13th. He hobbled through the rest of his round, although birdies at Nos. 16 and 17 left him with an opportunity for his sixth victory on the par-4 18th.
"It actually started the hole before; my little tee shot there started it. Thirteen just kind of accentuated it," Woods said.
Woods was non-committal to playing in Boston, saying it was a "hypothetical" situation right after his round and needed more treatment for the back spasms.
Woods won the FedEx Cup title in 2007 and 2009.