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August 23 2013

8:45 PM

Woods' back flares up in second round

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Tiger Woods is looking to win for the sixth time in 2013.

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- As soon as he finished talking to reporters about his abbreviated second round at The Barclays on Friday, Tiger Woods was headed to get treatment on his back.

A too-soft hotel mattress had produced enough neck and back pain earlier in the week that Woods decided to just chip and putt during the last nine holes of Wednesday's pro-am. The pain returned on Friday and increased throughout the round, which ended on the 14th hole as darkness settled over Liberty National.

"I'm a little sore right now, yeah," Woods said.

Woods was 1 under for the day and 5 under for the tournament when play was suspended. He opted to mark his 13-foot birdie putt at the par 3 and will return to attempt it at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday morning.

Friday was the second straight long day for Woods, who had risen at 4 a.m. on Thursday for what was supposed to be an early morning tee time. But he had to wait through two weather delays totaling nearly six hours before he was able to tee off in the first round.

Woods completed the bogey-free 67 on Thursday with a bit of daylight to spare, then didn't tee off in his second round until 4:06 p.m. ET on Friday.

"Tomorrow will be longer," Woods said. "With the early start and then the repairing, go back out -- but I don't think the wait will be too long tomorrow and we'll get back out there and finish it up."

Once he actually got to tee off on Friday, Woods wasted little time making his presence known. He made five straight 3s, three of which were birdies, to get to 7 under and two strokes off the lead. He started missing fairways and greens, though, and had given all those strokes back by the time he made his second straight bogey at the 11th hole.

The FedExCup leader did leave Liberty National on a somewhat positive note, though, when he made a 3-footer for birdie at the 13th hole.  But he only hit 4 of 10 fairways and 5 of 13 greens in regulation on Friday.

"I got off to a great start today and then lost it the middle part of the round and made too many mistakes," Woods said. "Didn't hit any greens.  Consequently, made some bogeys."

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