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August 21 2013

1:15 PM

Tiger practices through stiff back, neck

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Tiger Woods played just nine holes of his pro-am Wednesday at Liberty National, where he was dealing with a stiff back and neck on the eve of the FedExCup Playoffs opener.

He just chipped and putted for the other nine holes.

"It was stiff this morning after a soft bed," Woods said. "Just one of those things, sleeping in hotels and I didn't want to push it, so just took it easy."

Woods, the FedExCup points leader going into the Playoffs, also had a stiff back during the PGA Championship two weeks ago but added that he wasn't concerned.

Asked if he got a new bed, he said, smiling, "What do you think?"

As for being back at Liberty National, it's a welcome sight for Woods.

The last time The Barclays was played here, in 2009, he finished second. He went on to win his second FedExCup title that year. He also enters this year's Playoffs having won five times this season.

What would a third FedExCup mean to Woods?

"Any time you can add up and have the most points at the end of the year, it's a pretty good year," he said.

A great year?

Said Woods, "Yeah."

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