Golf: Woods still doubt for Valhalla

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Tiger Woods remains a doubt for this week’s US PGA Championship at Valhalla after being granted an extension to his registration deadline.
Players usually had until 5pm local time on Tuesday to confirm their place in the field but Woods, who re-injured his back in last week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, has taken advantage of provisions aimed at injured players.
Woods now has until his 8:35am start time on Thursday (1:35pm BST) to decide if he will play, but he is yet to arrive at the course and did not take his place at the Champions Dinner on Tuesday evening.
He was forced to withdraw after eight holes of his final round at Firestone last week, regularly clutching his lower back after making an awkward swing from the edge of a bunker early in the round.
It was only his 10th competitive round since undergoing back surgery in March, and Woods flew home to Florida straight after his withdrawal to consult with medics.
Statements about his participation have so far been non-committal, but caddie Joe LaCava offered a slightly more positive update on Tuesday as he waited for the possible arrival of Woods in Kentucky.
“I’m optimistic,” LaCava told reporters after spending the last two days plotting the course at Valhalla. “I’m hoping he plays. So I’m just doing whatever work I would normally do.”
But Colin Montgomerie, who will be playing at Valhalla this week after winning the Senior PGA earlier this summer, predicted Woods ‘will suffer’ if he decides to play.
“I saw the TV pictures on Sunday evening and really, how can he can play again this year, never mind within three days?” Montgomerie said.
“Whether he can handle this I’m not sure. This is a big golf course, the rough is heavy again. He’s hitting the ball I hate to say, not straight, he will be in the rough and he will suffer.
“Whether it’s good for his long term future in the game to play here or not I am not sure. Obviously we would love him to play, it’s a bigger and better event when he does.”

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