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Tiger Woods withdraws from Arnold Palmer Invitational with injury

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Owing to a neck strain that’s been bothering him “for a few weeks,” Tiger Woods announced today he is withdrawing from this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational, while stressing that his surgically repaired back is “fine” and that he has “no long-term concerns.”

The 14-time major champion posted the following to Twitter

The 43-year-old hasn’t missed a tournament due to injury since returning to competition following his April, 2017 spinal fusion surgery at the Hero World Challenge in December of that year.

In three starts this year, Woods has not made public mention of any injuries.

He most recently competed at the WGC-Mexico Championship, tying for 10th.

Woods won the Arnold Palmer Invitational eight times (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2013).

Woods is next expected in action at next week’s Players Championship.

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  1. Tom

    Mar 6, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    He got the number of a therapy place to try from robert kraft….

  2. Sal

    Mar 6, 2019 at 10:08 am

    Too bad. Every time he plays on TV, my old Scotty Cameron’s value goes up.

  3. Tom

    Mar 6, 2019 at 12:34 am

    Are his gluts misfiring again? lol!

  4. Russell platt

    Mar 5, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    I have really enjoyed watching Tiger play again, but knew as hard as he plays that the injuries would be back. He will have to be careful with his neck!

  5. Distance Compression Dude

    Mar 5, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    Probably strained his neck looking down on them haters.

    Tiger not relevant anymore huh? He’s 12th in the OWGR playing only a few tournaments after coming back from surgery in the 2017 Hero World Challenge. I wanna see some of these clowns jump that high up and that fast in the rankings.

    Also TV ratings are up when he plays. Saying that he’s irrelevant is not only wrong and disrespectful; it’s also ignorant.

    • Mike

      Mar 5, 2019 at 3:35 pm

      I’m a huge Tiger fan but he looks old and washed up, even if he’s climbed up the rankings, he can’t come within 10 strokes of the leader in tourneys like D.J. last week. Sorry. Now he can’t even make it into the month of March without injuries, very sad to see. I want him to bet Jack’s record but not holding my breath.

      • mike knapik

        Mar 6, 2019 at 6:31 am

        Well I’m big fan of tiger also. D.J. just happened to be on that week and Tiger wasn’t. I’m not saying Tiger will ever dominate like he used to but even in losing he’s playing playing pretty good golf and will continue to compete. Yeah, I know we want him to win but him just being there makes it more interesting.

  6. dixiedoc

    Mar 5, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    Maybe we can watch some of the other players now

  7. DanP

    Mar 5, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    Ratings Nightmare

  8. dat

    Mar 5, 2019 at 10:40 am

    Let the haters rejoice!

  9. Ace

    Mar 5, 2019 at 7:51 am

    Rut – Row

  10. T Time

    Mar 4, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    This Tiger news is so old. Put it to rest WRX and focus on someone who is relevant please…..let it go.

    • Dave R

      Mar 5, 2019 at 10:11 am

      ABSOLUTELY! the drama queen of “injuries”…nothing newsworthy here

      • geohogan

        Mar 18, 2019 at 7:58 pm

        Tigers lower back is fused, so of course there is no pain.

        He continues to stress his back with that swing, so naturally the damage is now in upper back and neck.

        Needs to go back to his swing of 2000, before Hank, Butch, Sean and Chris managed to steepen his swing and which has done a number on Tigers body. Go back to swing of 2000 or retire, Tiger, before you become an invalid.

  11. Lee Buck

    Mar 4, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    Tiger – Hang it up old timer. Make a comeback on the Champions Tour.

    • Phil D. Snuts

      Mar 4, 2019 at 9:04 pm

      “Tiger – Hang it up old timer. Make a comeback on the Champions Tour.”
      by Lee Buck
      27 Handicap

  12. CJ

    Mar 4, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    I am so sad honestly. Love watching the tourney but always love watching Tiger play at AP’s home

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Keegan Bradley Puts Srixon Z-Forged Blades in the bag

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This week at the BMW Championship, Srixon staff member Keegan Bradley switched irons from the cult classic Z745 to the company’s current Z-Forged blade irons.

For most players, an iron change is not something you would do during the playoffs, but when talking to the team at Srixon, Keegan had been trying to replace his set for a little while. The Z745s were getting on in years and with recent swing changes, he was also looking for more consistent numbers and distance control. That’s an impressive request from one of the top-50 ballstrikers on tour

Let’s take a quick look at his stats

  • 12th in Proximity to Hole with an average distance of 34.2″
  • 16th in Strokes Gained Approach with .642
  • 38th in Greens in Regulation at 68.45%

His new Z-Forged Iron setup is 4-PW with Nippon Tour 120 X shafts.

Although Keegan started the BMW Championship in 66th place in the FedEx Cup Playoffs, he still has a chance of making it to the Tour Championship with a solid weekend in Chicago.

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10 interesting photos from the 2019 BMW Championship

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GolfWRX has an assortment of photos from the 2019 BMW Championship at Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Illinois, including in-hand photos of equipment, shots from the range, and WITB looks at the likes of Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, and more.

Here are a few of the most interesting shots from Medinah.

Not familiar with “The Johnny Appleseed of American Golf?” Acquaint yourself!

On the first tee at the BMW Championship…a BMW

The Phil Mickelson calf game is strong, per usual

An in-hand look at the new Scotty Cameron Teryllium TNP 2 (more here)

A Bettinardi tour putter cover

It takes a village…

The flatstick that rolled in the winning put at the first FEC playoff event…

Fairway Jesus with the Nike high socks and Roshe combo 

Rory McIlroy’s TaylorMade Spider putter cover feature a spider holding a championship belt, of course…

Phil Mickelson’s 64-degree PM Grind 2.0 wedge 

All our photos from the 2019 BMW Championship

General galleries 

WITBs

 

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Tiger Woods opts for lead tape on his Newport 2 rather than a heavier putter: Here’s why it makes sense

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After days of speculation about which putter Tiger Woods might end up with an attempt to tame the greens at Royal Portrush, we now officially know he settled on his old faithful GSS Scotty Cameron but with a twist—some added lead tape.

The whole reason the speculation was in high gear early in the week was because of Tiger was spotted with a new custom Scotty that had the Studio Select weights in the sole to increase head weight to help with slow greens, something Tiger has talked about in the past—especially when it comes to the greens at The Open Championship.

We can even look back a few years ago when Tiger finally put a Nike putter in play, the original Method (those were nice putters) and talked about both the increased head weight and the grooves on the face to help get the ball rolling on slower greens.

The decision to stick with the old faithful with added lead tape goes beyond just a comfort level, even if the two putters look the same at address, it’s about feel and MOI around the axis.

Let me explain. Sure the putter heads weight the same, but depending on where the mass is located it will change the MOI. The putter with the Select weights vs. lead tape in the middle will have a higher MOI because there is more weight on the perimeter of the head—it’s like a blade vs. cavity back iron. Sure, two 7-irons can weigh the same but the performance will vary significantly.

For a player with such deft feel like Tiger Woods, any change like that can could cause doubt. Tweaking an already great putting stroke and on the eve of the last major of the year is not really something you want to do, which is why it isn’t surprising he stuck with his legendary Newport 2.

Lead tape in the middle allows Tiger to increase the head weight with very little change to the natural rate of rotation for hit putter and hopefully manage the slower Portrush greens better.

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