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August 29 2013

1:00 PM

Tiger pleasantly surprised by back

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

NORTON, Mass. -- Tiger Woods swung a golf club on Thursday for the first time since experiencing back spasms during the final round of last week's Barclays.

The result?

"It was a pleasant surprise to go out there and play without any discomfort," Woods said following his morning pro-am at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Woods initially planned to play just nine holes and only chip and putt during the other nine holes -- the same way he did last week at Liberty National -- but said his back felt good so he kept going.

"It's a lot better than obviously on Sunday," Woods said of his back. "It was nice to go out (Thursday) and feel comfortable and be able to hit shots."

Woods also benefited from an extra day off -- the Deutsche Bank Championship doesn't start until Friday -- and he has been receiving daily treatment on his back and will continue to for the foreseeable future.

"I'm going to have to do it," Woods said of the regiment. "I don't want to have to do it. So hopefully my back will stay where it's at right now and, if not, improve so I can start doing the other little exercises, start strengthening it and getting back to where it needs to be."

Being at TPC Boston should help Woods feel better.

He won here in 2006, the year before the FedExCup Playoffs started, and has twice finished second and also finished third.

Woods arrived here off a runner-up at The Barclays, where he said a soft mattress was the cause for his back pain. By Sunday, spasms at one point forced him to his knees.

Thursday, he showed no ill effects.

"I wanted to get back here," said Woods, whose foundation runs the event. "This is one of my favorite tournaments. And a golf course I like. I've played well here over the years.

"It was nice to have that extra day. It made a big difference."

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