The 2014 PGA Championship won’t start its TV coverage until 1 p.m. on Thursday (on TNT), but PGA.com will stream live coverage from Valhalla of the groups playing in the morning. This includes the trio of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Padraig Harrington (8:35 a.m. tee time).
That Woods is even playing this week is a big deal after the four-time PGA Championship winner pulled out of Bridgestone last weekend during the fourth round because of severe back pain. From the Associated Press:
Woods said he suffered a pinched nerve but that it was not at all related to back surgery he had March 31 that kept him out of golf for three months.
He said his trainer adjusted the area above the sacrum.
“Once he put it back in, the spasms went away,” he said. “And from there, I started getting some range of motion.”
The latest injury occurred when Woods tried to play a shot from just above a deep bunker on the second hole at Firestone, and his momentum caused him to land hard in the sand. He kept playing and hit some horrific shots before deciding to withdraw after a tee shot on the ninth hole.
That was only his third tournament since his return from surgery, leading to concern he might be done for the year.
“It was a different pain than what I had been experiencing,” Woods said. “So I knew it wasn’t the site of the surgery. It was different, and obviously it’s just the sacrum.”
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