Tiger Woods gives update on back injury after calamitous Open first round

Tiger Woods confirmed that he was struggling with his nagging back injury as he shot a 7-over round of 78 in the first round of The Open on Thursday.

The Masters champion managed just one birdie in his round which included six bogeys and one double-bogey to leave him 12 shots off the lead.

Woods had insisted that he was not suffering with ‘anything outside the norm’ ahead of the tournament at Portrush, but now admits that his back has been a problem.

‘I’m sore. Yes, I’m sore,’ Woods said after coming off a bogey on the 18th.

‘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.

‘My warm up wasn’t very good. I had a hard time moving. And just trying to piece together a swing that will get me around a golf course.

‘That’s about all I can do. And hopefully the body responds. That’s just the nature of the procedure that I had.

‘I’m going to have days like this, and got to fight through it. And I fought through it. Unfortunately I did not post a very good score.’

Woods confirmed that he was going straight for treatment on his back on Thursday evening ahead of a desperate fight to make the cut on Friday.

Players must be 70th or better, including ties, to make it past the first 36 holes and with the American down in T144 it seems extremely unlikely that he will turn things around on Friday.

However, if anyone can do it then it is the former world number one who has pulled off many a miracle on the golf course.

He will be back on the tee at 10.09am on Friday as he looks to achieve a remarkable comeback.

Rory McIlroy is not back on the tee until 3.10pm on Friday and is in an even worse position than Woods, a shot behind the Masters champ on 8-over.

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