Tiger Woods: My back was tight but no pain
Tiger Woods said his back was tight during the opening round of the Memorial Tournament, though the 14-time major champion stressed there was no pain.
Former world number one Woods - who has been plagued by back issues and surgeries - was wayward early but salvaged his round with an even-par 72 in Dublin, Ohio Thursday.
A five-time champion at Muirfield, Woods struggled early as he bogeyed his second hole before double-bogeying the 15th having hit his tee shot out bounds, while the American dropped another shot at the next hole.
Woods turned in three-over 39 heading to the front nine, however, he rallied by birdieing four of his nine holes to be seven shots behind trio Hideki Matsuyama, Abraham Ancer and Joaquin Niemann.
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Reflecting on his round, the 42-year-old said: "I wasn't rotating very well today, back was tight, and just it is what it is some days.
Woods added: "I just have days like that. It's aging and it's surgeries. Just got to make the adjustments.
"I'm able to make them now. Beginning of the year, I wasn't able to make them, because I didn't really know what to do yet. But now you see me making these adjustments on the fly."
"I always will [have tightness]; my back is fused," he continued. "I'd rather have days like this than pain."