Wednesday at The Barclays pro-am, Tiger Woods was forced to skip nine holes due to an injured back. Woods, who also appeared to be bothered by his back during the mid-August PGA Championship, said that the soreness was due to a hotel bed. David Leadbetter, one of golf’s leading swing instructors, broke down the injury Thursday on SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio.

“We know Tiger, obviously I wouldn’t say he’s injury prone, but he’s suffered a number of injuries through the years,” Leadbetter said. “If you’re a little stiff, you can’t rotate quite as much, you can’t quite set the club as well, it affects things. I’m sure it was a cautionary thing that he didn’t play the back nine. And we know how he won the U.S. Open with basically a broken leg, so I’m sure that’s not going to stop him playing this week.

“The fact of the matter is as we get older, we get a little tighter, a little stiffer, and the golf swing relies on us having that same feel day in and day out. And if you lose that little something, and you feel a little tight,” Leadbetter continued, “there is a chance you’re going to make an injury worse.”

Through seven holes on Thursday, Woods was showing no effects of a sore back, tied for fourth place at minus-three. You can listen to coverage of The Barclays all weekend on SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio, XM channel 93 and Sirius channel 208.

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