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Tiger to play despite ailing back

NORTON, Mass. — Tiger Woods, who had hinted a bad back might keep him out of this weekend's Deutsche Bank Championship, added the event to his calendar Wednesday.

With little fanfare, the second tournament of the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup playoffs showed up on his website calendar, two days after he withdrew from friend Notah Begay's annual charity tournament, held Wednesday.

Woods last week said he felt back stiffness at the Barclays, attributing it to a soft hotel bed. After the final round, he said he had a back spasm during a seven-hole stretch, and he dropped to his knees after one shot, producing a widely circulated image. Woods, the playoff points leader, finished in a group one shot behind winner Adam Scott.

The Deutsche Bank Championship, which runs Friday through Monday, benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation. Woods had to miss another event that supports his foundation, the AT&T National, two months ago because of an elbow injury.

A gain, a loss: Stacy Lewis, ranked second in the world, was set to return to play today in the Safeway Classic after withdrawing from the Canadian Women's Open last week. No. 1 Inbee Park pulled out of the event in Portland, citing flu symptoms.

"I've never withdrawn before," said Lewis, who withdrew after the first round. "Mentally I was fried. It was probably the best thing I could have done. People have already said, 'Man, you look a lot better.' I guess I should take that as a compliment."

The Women's British Open champion was exhausted after the United States' blowout loss to Europe in the Solheim Cup. In addition to her major victory Aug. 4 at St. Andrews, Lewis won consecutive early season events in Singapore and Phoenix.

Park won the year's first three majors and has six wins this season. She struggled in her past two events, tying for 42nd in the British Open and 13th in Canada.

Ryder Cup start: European captain Paul McGinley was scheduled to take the first shot in the 2014 Ryder Cup qualifying process in the opening group of the Wales Open today. It was to be the first time a current European captain teed up first in the first qualifying tournament for the biennial match against the United States. The Ryder Cup is next September at Gleneagles in Scotland.

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This week on TV on major tours

PGA: Deutsche Bank Championship, TPC Boston, Norton, Mass. TV: Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m., Golf Channel. Sunday, 1 p.m., Golf Channel; 3 p.m., Ch. 8. Monday, 11:30 a.m., Golf Channel; 2 p.m., Ch. 8.

LPGA: Safeway Classic, Columbia Edgewater, Portland, Ore. TV: Today, 5:30 p.m.; Friday, 12:30 p.m.; Saturday, 6:30 p.m.; Sunday, 7 p.m., Golf Channel.

Champions: Shaw Charity Classic, Canyon Meadows Golf and Country Club, Calgary. TV: Friday-Saturday, 8:30 p.m.; Sunday, 4 p.m., Golf Channel.

PGA Europe: Wales Open, Celtic Manor Resort, Newport. TV: Today, 10 a.m.; Friday, 9:30 a.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 8:30 a.m., Golf Channel.

Tiger to play despite ailing back 08/28/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 10:07pm]
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