|(Golf) Tiger feeling fine for TPC Boston
World number one Tiger Woods heads into the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston, Massachusetts, hoping to remain free of the back pain that dogged him in a runner-up finish last week.
“It was a pleasant surprise to go out there and play without any discomfort,'' Woods said Thursday after a pro-am round at TPC Boston, the par-71 layout hosting the US$8 million second event in the US PGA Tour's season-ending playoffs.
“It's a lot better than, obviously, on Sunday,'' said Woods, who dropped to his knees in pain after hitting one shot last weekend and later pulled out of his buddy Notah Begay's charity golf event.
Woods remains in first place in the playoff points standings. Australian Adam Scott moved into second in the standings – as well as the world rankings – with his victory last week in the Barclays.
British Open champion Phil Mickelson lies third, followed by fellow American Matt Kuchar and England's US Open champion Justin Rose.
The field for this week's tournament has been whittled from 125 to the top 100 in the standings.
Only 70 will move on to the BMW Championship, and the series culminates with the top 30 players competing in the Tour Championship. A US$10 million playoff bonus is at stake.
Scott was looking forward to trying to build on his Barclays success at a course where he won his first US PGA Tour title back in 2003.
“This is one of my favorite events on the Tour and definitely has a special place in my heart,'' said Scott, who is grouped in the first two rounds with Woods and Mickelson.
He said playing in a marquee group with the US stars at the 2008 US Open was one of his best golfing memories.
Defending Deutsche Bank champion Rory McIlroy returns to TPC Boston trying to turn around a disappointing season.