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Tiger: Pain Free, Meds Free, Just Needs Good Sequencing

I just copy and paste and let you decide.

Here's Tiger Woods, following nine-holes at Valhalla Wednesday. He tees off with Phil Mickelson and Padraig Harrington at 8:35 off the 10th tee Thursday. Live Streaming begins, magically, at 8:30 a.m. ET. TNT coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET.

From the start of the transcript, the relevant stuff about his health.

Q.  (Inaudible)?

            TIGER WOODS:  Probably yesterday afternoon.  My range of motion was good.  I started my firing sequence was back to normal the sequencing was good.  If my sequencing is good then it's all good.

            Q.  How does it feel to be back?

            TIGER WOODS:  It feels great to be back here.  The fans are enthusiastic.  They're loud.  They're into.  It's a totally different golf course than what I played in 2000.  These greens are all different.  I have my book from 2000; it's useless.  There's some new things that we have to learn out there.  Joey has been here on the ground.  He's got a pretty good handle on it.  We'll run through some more of it as we go.

            Q.  (Inaudible)?

            TIGER WOODS:  It's not ‑‑ as I said, it's not the site of the surgery.  This is something totally different.  As I said when I landed, it jarred it and jarred it lose, made it come out.  As I was explaining to you guys last week, I haven't been able to do my agility stuff because I'm still building back up, still playing.  I can't do both at the same time.  So when the season is over, in the off season, getting back to my agility work, my explosiveness, my power, all that stuff, back up to where I used to be.

            Q.  (Inaudible)?

            TIGER WOODS:  Yes.  Make every putt.

            Q.  (Inaudible)?

            TIGER WOODS:  Say again.

            Q.  (Inaudible)?

            TIGER WOODS:  Pain meds, no.  I'm not in any pain.  That is the good part.

            Q.  (Inaudible)?

            TIGER WOODS:  Say again.

            Q.  (Inaudible)?

            TIGER WOODS:  I did ‑‑ I hit it in my hitting bag.  So I was doing some video work, trying to make sure that my swing was where I wanted it and some of the things that I didn't like about it was going on last week.  And I was able to basically make slow motion swings, make sure the ‑‑ what I was feeling and what was actually happening were matching up.

            Q.  (Inaudible)?

            TIGER WOODS:  Say again.

            Q.  (Inaudible)?

            TIGER WOODS:  Yeah, I did.  I felt pretty good about how I played and the shots I hit.  I need to get more feel for how this golf course is playing.  I'm not used to seeing the chipping areas like this.  We didn't have that in 2000.  It was just deep blue grass.  That's a bit of a different look and different options.

            We're experimenting with some different clubs, shots.  Trajectories, Strick and I were talking about how the bounce is actually pretty true.  There's some different options which we weren't used to in 2000.

            Q.  And you're pain‑free?

            TIGER WOODS:  Pain‑free, yes, except for the headache of talking to you guys.

Analysis from scribes to come...

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Reader Comments (46)

Pain free. But he may need to get the hearing checked.
08.6.2014 | Unregistered Commentergov. lepetomane
Geoff, your transcript of the inaudible questions is just begging for the Mystery Science Theater 3000 treatment.
08.6.2014 | Unregistered CommenterLouis Friend
Anyone who has ever had a back spasm nods knowingly, those who have never had one start searching for alterior explanations.
08.6.2014 | Unregistered Commenterelf
Sequencing: check.
Shoe changing: check.
All systems go!
08.6.2014 | Unregistered Commenterdbh
No chance he contends. 50/50 on making the cut. I really hope for his sake that he just packs it in after this and spends the offseason finding a new swing.
08.6.2014 | Unregistered CommenterSari
Listening to TGC right now. Nothing but gibberish and fanboy adulation.

08.6.2014 | Unregistered CommenterDJ Watts
Does anyone know what Sean Foley carries in his murse? Just curious.
08.6.2014 | Unregistered CommenterEat It
08.6.2014 | Unregistered CommenterUnderTheChin
@Eat it -

A copy of "Neuroplasticity for Dummies" and a dictionary of long, impressive-sounding science words.
08.6.2014 | Unregistered CommenterRickABQ
How about the weak attempt at humor - "except for the headache of talking to you guys". Does anyone other than a genuine #$@%^ say that?
08.6.2014 | Unregistered CommenterGinGHIN
08.6.2014 | Unregistered CommenterDJ Watts
First time that I recall where Tiger appears relaxed and smiling when answering questions.

@Ginghin, time for you to get a sense of humour.
08.6.2014 | Unregistered CommenterBuffett
When is a journalist going to finally call him out on this bs? Jenkins does it on twitter but the media mass still believes his garbage. Didn't we learn anything from 2009?
08.6.2014 | Unregistered CommenterBuj

You mean Dan "fanboy hogan" Jenkins?
08.6.2014 | Unregistered CommenterDC
sequencing? I thought this was a golf tournament. Tiger, go out there and try and get it into the hole like you did at age 15.
08.6.2014 | Unregistered CommenterLynn S.
Good gravy, I finally had to turn TGC off after an hour, because aside from the others who were in his practice round group they did not mention a single player other than Mr. Woods. And they brought Notah Begay out of the spare parts closet yo give us a breathless shot by shot sequence of every swing in Woods' practice round. They are in full hyper-hyping mode. Ridiculous.
08.6.2014 | Unregistered CommenterGreg B.
Over/under 29 holes - the line for # of holes completed by Tiger this week.
08.6.2014 | Unregistered CommenterJohn C
Good comments here. Funny= RickABQ / UnderThe Chin / dbh . On target = elf and Lynn S.

Personally, I cannot make myself turn on the Golf Channel tonight. is American Ninja Warrior on anywhere?
08.6.2014 | Unregistered CommenterNo Longer
What do you expect them to cover? Dufner's healing? Poulter's struggles? Dustin's non-rehab? Actually GC just covered all of that even though it is Tiger that the fans on attendance are excited to see and the only player to bring extra eyeballs. They're doing their job. Trust me, most of the media are tired of this, but the era on.
08.6.2014 | Unregistered Commentertlavin
Tiger should be forced to pee in the cup right now. And somebody should check Dr.Galea's flight records immediately.
08.6.2014 | Unregistered Commentershivas
Tigermania works. We're all here aren't we?
08.6.2014 | Unregistered CommenterAG
Ugh . . . Tigerspeak. Won't miss this.
08.6.2014 | Unregistered CommenterNC
What Shivas said.
08.6.2014 | Unregistered CommenterPasaplayer
Tiger doesn't get enough credit for his dry wit.. that last comment was great!
08.6.2014 | Unregistered CommenterDonald Luke
Poor Geoff may have to put on a referee's shirt and send Diaz and Feinstein to their respective corners.

Tiger may or may not have a backache but Feinstein is acting like a bear with a toothache. Grrrowl!

Credit to Geoff doing his best Buddha smile and keeping his hands calmly folded.
08.6.2014 | Unregistered CommenterPatchy
@ RickABQ +2 Brilliant!

@ Sari +1 You are probably pretty darn close

@ No Longer +1 I am with you. Watching Andy Griffith marathon myself.

@ Under the Chin +1 Good one!

Did Notah fly up with TW?

Can't wait to see how well he plays.

But had to take a peek here --- knew there would be some great lines shared.

Thanks to all for not disappointing.
Why can't you see this a Kerri Strugg moment. The desperately injured never say die athlete turning away from incredible pain to try to satisfy the fan and represent his country.

Steiny, find Bela Karoly and give him million if he still wants to carry me on the back nine on Friday or Sunday if I make the cut.
08.6.2014 | Unregistered Commenterkathy haynes
Man, I'm a Tiger fan, and a Phil fan, and want to watch these guys play two rounds together. But this us complete overload. I wonder if Ted Bishop's head will explode in the next 4 days.
08.6.2014 | Unregistered CommenterHBL
I had to shake my head at Kelly Tighlman's confession as Woody was approaching the first tee. Something like "Yes, we get tweets and emails and letters saying "Enough with the Tiger Wodds overkill, there are other players in the tournament, but LOOK AT THIS CROWD! WE HAVE TO SHOW THIS!"

Golf Channel: Your Tiger Woods Complete and Total Over-Saturation-Until-You-Puke Headquarters.
08.6.2014 | Unregistered CommenterBenSeattle
It was Wednesday. How long would you want to watch Gary Woodland practice 4 footers?
08.6.2014 | Unregistered CommenterDoug
@ Doug +1

Sporting Lazarus's...always the best story.

Of course, Lazarus had private health care too.
08.6.2014 | Unregistered CommenterCenter Cut
Good Tiger is feeling healthy, but if he starts playing poorly I have a feeling his back pain may return
Eat It, his murse also contains a Kindle loaded with The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods, by Hank Haney. A great read
Taking him at face value....

Dependent upon their cause, manipulation can give very quick relief from back spasms, but if my experience is anything to go by he'll remain more vulnerable to a repeat than before, which should cramp his style somewhat, and if there is a repeat the chances are that manipulation will not produce such a speedy change for the better since there will be greater inflammation &c in the soft tissues.

I'd be astonished if he is able to compete - but he's looking a wee bit like Golf's version of Nadal these days (sex scandals and recent slam wins apart) and you never write that guy off.
08.7.2014 | Unregistered Commenterbs
I'd like to see one of the golf writers interview a respected orthopedic surgeon on the plausibility of whether a bone in the back can be dislocated and popped back into place (by a physiotherapist, whatever that is).
08.7.2014 | Unregistered CommenterPat
Did we hear Tiger aid the Sacroiliac Joint (S I joint as he referred to it ) "popped out"? Huh? And the physio "popped it back in" Huh?

Did we hear Notah Begay comment that Tiger told him "they popped it back in"?
Someone on one of the other threads was adamant that it was just "muscle spasms".

So is this another injury since TW said it was "not on the surgery site"? Now he has another new injury to deal with?

Either he is the most amazing healer, or this is more evidence that his body is coming apart.

If he felt the spasms coming on during the front nine at Firestone, why didn't he call the on-site physios out to the course to provide treatment and get some relief? Or was the accumulation of bad shots that caused the S I joint to "pop out"?

And the "no meds, no pain" comment just seems ridiculous. Something just doesn't seem right with this whole story.

Having had Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction, I can tell you it doesn't just "pop out, or get popped in". Who is giving Tiger these sound bites?
think we can all agree now that Retief Goosen was correct in saying he was over-playing his knee injury at the US open at torey pines.

agree with @buj - what cant the media just report on facts and not try prop up tigers lies?
08.7.2014 | Unregistered Commenterbruce
Is Creatine -- one of the offered offered by Muscle Pharm --- on the PGA Tour's banned list?

Are any of the drugs Muscle Pharm offerings on the PGA Tour's banned substance list?

DTF, you probably are as well up to speed on this as anyone on this blog. What can you offer?

Has anyone looked at Muscle Pharm's website and athletes they feature? If not, here is the link -- some pretty buffed athletes I would said. Sign me up! NOT!
Did I really hear this dude on the radio discussing his "firing sequence" yesterday? It was late as I was driving home, maybe I just imagined it.

I wonder what Hogan would have made of a "firing sequence"?
08.7.2014 | Unregistered Commenterfyg
He is already slamming clubs into the turf after 4 holes. I can feel another "spasm" coming on......LOL

It is nauseating hearing Micheal Breed say that he isn't playing well bc he couldn't play practice rounds this week.....

Sadly, The PGA App has only 1 group available for viewing. Guess which one that is? I'm stuck with TW.
08.7.2014 | Unregistered CommenterCRB

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