FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – A common phrase this year – Tiger’s back – took on a new meaning Friday at The Barclays.
Woods felt a twinge in his lower back when he awoke and felt pain throughout the second round at Bethpage Black. He overcame a bogey-bogey start, struggled in the simple task of retrieving the ball from the cup and stayed well within range of Nick Watney and the resurgent Sergio Garcia, who shared the lead going into the weekend.
Must have slept funny on it, Woods said. Soft beds at the hotel, and woke up this morning with it stiff. As I warmed up, it got progressively worse and then you saw what happened on the golf course. It hurt all day.
He managed a 2-under 69 and is three strokes back at 137.
More impressive were Garcia and Watney. Garcia made bogey on the third hole and atoned for that with a tee shot on the par-5 fourth that restored his momentum and sent him to a 68.
Watney survived a roller coaster of birdies and bogeys on the back nine that gave him a 69.
They were at 8-under 134.
CHAMPIONS: In Snoqualmie, Wash., defending champion Mark Calcavecchia eagled the par-5 eighth hole and finished with a 7-under 65 on to take the first-round lead in the Boeing Classic.
Steve Pate, Jeff Sluman, Joe Don Blake, Eduardo Romero and Kirk Triplett were tied for second at 68.
LPGA: In Coquitlam, British Columbia, teen star Lydia Ko shot her second straight 4-under 68 for a share of the lead with Chella Choi in the Canadian Women’s Open.
Amanda Blumenherst, a former Fort Wayne resident shot a 73 and is 3-over at 147.
EUROPEAN TOUR: In Gleneagles, Scotland, Englishmen Mark Foster and Richard Finch shared the lead at of the Johnnie Walker Championship.