Tiger Woods Says Future Schedule Is “Up In The Air”

May 10th, 2010-  By Bryan Cross

Tiger Woods made headlines on Sunday at the Players Championship not for his performance, but rather due to his withdrawing from the tournament on the seventh hole.

Woods cited neck spasms that caused intense pain, and was unable to continue his round.

A day after the surprise event, Woods said that there is no connection between the neck injury that caused him to leave the tournament early, and the infamous November car crash where he suffered minor injuries to his neck.

Woods stated in a press conference on Monday, that he had been struggling with neck pain roughly two weeks prior to the start of the Masters back in April.  That would mean that he had been dealing with the issue since late March.

The Masters was Woods first tournament in five months, where he tabbed a fourth place finish.

“I’m at a point now where I just can’t go anymore,” Woods said on Monday.

The world’s top-ranked golfer disclosed the fact that he is taking anti-inflammatory drugs to control pain and a potential bulging disk.

He is slated to undergo an MRI at some point in the near future to determine the extent of the injury.

A large question looming over the duration of the press conference was the status of Woods’ playing schedule as it relates to the rest of the season.  With the U.S Open to be played in roughly a month, it is undetermined as to when Wood would get back on the golf course.

Woods describes it as “up in the air.”

“It is really frustrating, there’s no doubt, because I know what I’m capable of doing,” Woods remarked on Monday during the conference. “I just need to get this thing healed up so that I can start working, start spending the time it takes to get better. I haven’t been able to do that. I’ve only been able to work in spurts.”

“I’ve dealt with other things in my life, where people said that I was pretty much done,” he added. “So the whole idea is just to keep fighting every day. It’s all I can do is just fight today.”

The conference lasted for approximately 25 minutes.

There is much anticipation heading into this year’s U.S Open, as it is being held at Pebble Beach, cite of Woods’ 15-shot record triumph, in his most dominating major ever.

Woods also discussed several other issues during the conference, including the rumors circulating that he and swing coach Hank Haney may part ways, to which Woods denies.

“I talked to Hank about some of the stuff. We’re still working on it,” Woods said. “We have a lot of work to do. I can’t make the movements that I made before because of the neck. I need to get healthy to play the proper way.”

Prior to his injury, Woods was installed as the betting favorite to capture the 2010 U.S Open title on USA Online Sportsbooks.

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