Tiger Woods says there is always pain when he plays golf now after his US Open chances were extinguished on Saturday. Starting his third round on level-par, nine shots off the lead, former world number one Woods needed to go low on Saturday to give himself any chance of landing his 16th Major and fourth US Open crown.
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However, the American, who won the Masters back in April, endured a mixed round as he made five birdies and the same number of bogeys to sign for a level-par round of 71, leaving him in a six-way share of 27th place. With Gary Woodland leading the way on -11, Woods has no chance of lifting the trophy come Sunday evening and he revealed after his third round that his body took a hammering.
“When it’s cold like this everything is achy,” he said. “It’s just part of the deal. It’s been like that for years. The forces have to go somewhere. “If they’re not in the lower back, they’re in the neck, and if not, they’re in the mid-back, and if not, they go to the knee. You name it. “My back impacts every shot I play. Let me put it this way, I feel every shot I hit. I think that’s always going to be the case from here going forward.”