Aug 25, 2013; Jersey City, NJ, USA; Tiger Woods reacts after missing a tournament tying putt at the 18th hole during the final round of The Barclays at Liberty National Golf Course. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

2013 Golf: Can Tiger Woods' Back Make it Through The Playoff and Beyond?

There has been speculation all week if Tiger Woods would be able to tee it up on Friday Morning for The Deutsche Bank Championship. We all saw him withering in pain after hitting certain shots during the Barclays, and everyone wondered if the World’s Number One player would be able to answer the bell for the remainder of the FedEx Cup Playoffs. In his Thursday afternoon press conference, the 37 year-old Woods put an end to the idea that he would not be playing this week, and for the duration of the season.

As Tiger pointed out in his press conference, back issues are a problem a lot of professional golfer have to deal with, especially later in their career after a lifetime of pounding balls day in, and day out. He indicated, that he is learning how to deal with the problem, and is taking the proper treatments to soften the pain.

The big problem Woods has to deal with, is there is only a one week break between the Deutsche Bank, and the BMW. The main ingredient needed to ease this type of problem is rest, and that’s not something he will be getting any time soon. He continues to lead the Presidents Cup points, and there is only a one week break between The Tour Championship, and the beginning of the International competition.

After his practice round on Thursday, Tiger indicated he was going to just hit a few chips afterwards, but felt good enough to continue playing. The rest he took on Wednesday by dropping out of the Notah Begay NBIII Charity event seemed to do the trick. He also indicate that he did not hit any clubs in anticipation of having any pain. He had a lot of trust in the treatment he was receiving, and on a cool damp day in the Boston area, was able to hit plenty of drivers.

All one needs to do, is remember the 2008 US Open to know how tough this guys is, and what he can do when he puts his mind to the task at hand. I thoroughly expect Tiger Woods to play in the remainder of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, and well into the Presidents Cup. I expect him to be present when Team USA Captain Fred Couples pencils him into the lineup at Muirfield.



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