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Tiger Woods given US PGA registration extension
Tiger Woods has been granted a delay in deciding whether to take part in the US PGA Championship – with the 14-time major winner given up until 10 minutes before he is scheduled to tee off on Thursday at Valhalla.
Woods was forced to withdraw from Sunday’s final round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational because of back pain and he quickly returned home to Florida for medical evaluation.
Initially Woods had until 5pm local time on Wednesday to register officially for the event, but his request to delay the decision until just before his scheduled 8:35am (1:35pm BST) tee time on Thursday morning has been granted.
Should Tiger Woods fail to participate in the event it would appear unlikely for him to make the Ryder Cup cut as one of Tom Watson’s three captain picks.
“Tiger would be a great addition to our team,” Watson said of Woods. “As I’ve said all along, I would pick Tiger Woods if he’s healthy and playing well. This doesn’t bode well right now.”
Watson added: “I just hope that maybe it’s just an isolated problem that he can turn around and possibly play this week at the PGA.
“It concerns me because that’s an injury that seems like he tried to address before and he’s come back from that particular injury.”
Woods is currently 69th in the US points standings, so Watson will have to make a very tough decision if Tiger doesn’t feel he’s able to compete at the PGA Championship later this week.