Don’t rule Tiger Woods out of PGA Championship just yet, agent says


This is where the problems occurred. (Gregory Shamus / Getty Images)

The last time Tiger Woods was seen Sunday, he was hobbling to his car, forced to withdraw from the Bridgestone Invitational because of severe back pain and spasms. Although his chances of recovering in time to play in the PGA Championship seemed slim, his agent wasn’t ruling out an appearance in the final major of the year.

“He has to rest and get treatment and assess later,” Mark Steinberg told USA Today in a text message. “Pointless to make that decision [on whether to try to play] now without proper time to give him the best chance.”

Woods, playing in his third tournament since having back surgery in late March, was getting treatment and being evaluated at his Florida home and Steinberg said there would be no update Monday and, perhaps, not on Tuesday.

The injury also decreases the likelihood he’ll be chosen by team captain Tom Watson for the U.S. Ryder Cup team. Much depends on the PGA this week.

“Tiger would be a great addition to our team,” Watson said in a Sirius XM interview. “As I’ve said all along, I would pick Tiger Woods if he’s healthy and playing well. This doesn’t bode well right now. I just hope that maybe it’s just an isolated problem that he can turn around and possibly play this week at the PGA.”

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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