MEDINAH, Ill. – Tiger Woods arrived at Medinah Country Club on Tuesday afternoon and said it was not until Tuesday morning that he decided he would play this week's BMW Championship.
Woods withdrew last Friday from the Northern FedEx Cup playoff event.
"I feel good," Woods said. "Feel a lot better than I felt last week. Felt good this morning, so I thought I'd give it a go. ''
Woods said he would not be able to get his hands on the ball. There is a chance he might work on his short game. He has a 7:50 a.m. (ET) pro-am tee time on Wednesday.
The golfer has complained of stiffness and soreness during a disappointing summer that has just seen him play in just five tournaments since his Masters victory in April, including missed cuts at the PGA Championship and The Open.
He said after withdrawing in New Jersey that he hoped to play this week's playoff event, the second of three tournaments that concludes the PGA Tour season.
Woods has steadily fallen in the FedEx Cup rankings to 38th, meaning it needs a good result this week to qualify for next week's tour Championship, as the top 30 advance to East Lake. The PGA Tour projects
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Throughout 2018, Woods once showed any discomfort, and even through the
But starting at the PGA at Bethpage in May, Woods has never looked the same. Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson and Xander Schauffele for his 15th major, Woods has not contended in any other stroke-play event. He tied for fifth at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, where he made it to the quarterfinals.
Woods had no previous reported – but he has said on numerous occasions that although his spine is fused, the "force has to go somewhere" and that it has led to some other issues. Core muscle strains often occur due to repetitive rotating.
"He's being smart," Woods' agent, Mark Steinberg said Friday. He said, "I've said in the past, years ago, he'd be years and years ago, he'd not be able to do it all." He he's had his surgeries all over his body, he said, he said he had many surgeries all over his body He should not put himself in a position where he could put himself out for a long period of time. "
Woods' first- round tea time is Thursday at 12:54 pm (ET) with Billy Horschel and C.T. Pan.