Tiger Woods looks far better at BMW Championship than he did at Northern Trust


Harold Varner III gives Golfweek and USA TODAY Sports a behind-the-scenes look at his relationship with coach Scott Hamilton.

MEDINAH, Ill. – There was no hint of injury and nary a grimace. Many shots were hit with force, all chip shots and putts with touch. From the first tee through the 18th green in Wednesday’s BMW Championship pro-am at Medinah Country Club, Tiger Woods walked and played without restriction.

With the skies bright and Woods on the cheerful side, it was a far different atmosphere from last Friday when he woke up to back pain and was forced to withdraw from the Northern Trust in New Jersey with an oblique strain.

“It was nice to take those days off, and I had to just let it calm down and get a bunch of treatment on it, and it feels so much better,” Woods said of his back. “I played nine today, played the front nine, and played well, which was nice to see, nice to feel. Definitely doesn’t feel like it did on Friday, that’s for sure.”

Woods said his latest injury was due to his swing, as he has made minor tweaks and changes throughout the year to protect his back.

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