Tiger Woods says neck strain linked to back surgeries but plays down Masters fears

Tiger Woods says neck strain linked to back surgeries but plays down Masters fears

“I’m 43 with four back surgeries, so I just manage what I have and understand that I’m going to have good weeks and bad weeks and try to manage as best I possibly can and not push it,” Woods said. 

“There have been times over the years when I pushed it, pushed it through a few things. I’ve won a few tournaments doing it that way, but also I’ve cost myself a few years because of it.

“I have to be conscious that I can’t practise like I used to and I can’t devote the hours I used to. I have to pick 20 minutes here, an hour there … that’s how it is going to be going forward.

“On top of that, there are times when I just can’t do it and I have to shut it down, just like I did last week. I had to shut it down to get ready for this week.”

While his neck was the problem in Orlando, Woods revealed that it is not the principle worry as he ­attempts to continue the comeback that last year took him from outside the world’s top 1,100 back into the top 12 with his first win in five years, at the Tour Championship.

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