Tiger Woods and Fred Couples are good friends but when the 36-year-old Woods says he feels like the 52-year-old captain of last year’s Presidents Cup, who withdrew from this week’s Champions Tour event with a bad back, that’s bad news for the PGA Tour. Woods, who tweaked his own back early on the front nine of his second round at The Barclays, jokingly told his caddie Joe LaCava that “I feel like Freddy today,” according to the Golf Channel.
We imagine when the organizers of the three remaining FedEx Cup events heard that, their winces were even more pronounced than those that Woods projects each time he swings his driver or bends down to pluck his golf ball out of a hole.
Woods, who was 2-under for the day and 5-under for the week through 14 holes on Friday, has been limping and grimacing his way around Bethpage Black since about the second or third hole. LaCava, who used to caddy for Couples, told Golf Channel the source of Woods’ injury was his lower back and not his surgically repaired left knee or Achilles tendon.