Tiger Woods says back issues hurt his putting more than anyone knew

By Doug Ferguson
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Tiger Woods says back issues hurt his putting more than anyone knew

Tiger Woods wasn't making as many putts before his back surgeries or at least it seemed that way because he used to make everything.
He had a reason for that in his interview with Time magazine.
"Here's the deal," Woods said. "When my back was bad, anytime I bent over, my whole upper body and neck would start to cramp up, and so putting was the most painful, and so I never practiced it. It hurt too much. It's just a matter of getting healthy enough to where I can do that again."
Woods didn't play enough to be eligible for a ranking in strokes gained in 2014 and 2015. In his last two full seasons, he was 35th in 2012 and tied for 22nd in 2013.
"I know I can putt," Woods said. "I proved that to myself this year that I can still putt. I haven't lost my nerves. My hands don't shake. I don't feel any of those sensations, unless my back was acting up. But then bending over would cause my neck to go, and eventually other parts of my body would start to go."
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