TIGER WOODS confirmed he was “sore” with a bad back after he shot a nightmare first-round 78 at The Open.
Woods, who has undergone four operations on his back, appeared to wince after his first tee shot and things got no better from there in the cool conditions at Royal Portrush.
Asked if he was in pain, Woods said: “I’m sore. Yes, I’m sore.
“Just the way it is. Just Father Time and some procedures I’ve had over the time. Just the way it’s going to be.
“As I said, one of the reasons why I’m playing less tournaments this year is that I can hopefully prolong my career, and be out here for a little bit longer.”
Woods then confirmed he was going straight for treatment ahead of his 10.09am tee time tomorrow.
He bogeyed the last to shoot a dismal seven over, only one more than Rory McIlroy, and sits 12 shots behind leader JB Holmes.
This was Woods’ worst ever first round at The Open and his worst in the event since shooting 81 in 2002.
Woods started with four pars before making five bogeys in six holes from the fifth and another dropped shot followed on the 14th.
His only bright spot was a birdie on the par 4 15th and he finished with another bogey.
But Sky Sports commentators speculated all day that Woods looked in some discomfort with his back.
Woods, 43, had make-or-break spinal fusion surgery in April 2017.
But he completed one of sport’s greatest comebacks by winning this year’s Masters almost two years to the day since that op.
More to follow.