LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Tiger Woods has arrived on site for the 96th PGA Championship, where he is scheduled to tee off with Phil Mickelson and Padraig Harrington on Thursday at 8:35 a.m. EDT off the 10th tee.
He has a 2 p.m. practice-round tee time on Wednesday with good friend Steve Stricker, who has helped him with his putting in the past.
Woods withdrew from the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday due to more problems with his back, saying that he had spasms in his back. That caused plenty of concern considering he is only four months removed from back surgery that caused him to miss both the Masters and U.S. Open.
Woods has made three starts in his return from surgery, missing the cut at the Quicken Loans National, posting his worst 72-hole finish in a major at the Open Championship and his WD from Bridgestone. He has shown flashes of some good play with sub-par opening rounds at the Open and Bridgestone, but his erratic play on the weekends has caused him to sit outside the top 125 in the FedEx Cup standings and is 69th in the Ryder Cup standings.
Woods’ caddie, Joe LaCava, has been at Valhalla since Monday, scouting the course in hopes that his boss could get the treatment needed to make the trip to Louisville.
Other players have been questioned about Woods since Sunday, including Rickie Fowler.
“He still has a huge impact, especially on the media side,” Fowler said. “You can see all the attention with last week WD’ing and this week not registering, not sure if he’s playing yet. I want to see Tiger around, but I want to see him healthy and at his best.”
Woods has won the PGA four times in his career, including at Valhalla in 2000.
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