Woods says back is better
On and off the golf course, Tiger Woods didn’t look anything like the player who only four days ago dropped to knees with back pain.
Woods says back is better
On and off the golf course, Tiger Woods didn’t look anything like the player who only four days ago dropped to his knees with back pain.
He took full, powerful swings with the driver at the TPC Boston, and he had no trouble gouging shots from the deep rough. He stooped over without hesitation to remove his tee from the ground or retrieve his golf ball from the cup.
Even more telling was the catch. Sitting behind a table at his news conference Thursday, someone tossed Woods a bottle of water from about 25 feet away. The throw was a little wide. Woods instinctively twisted to his right and reached out his hand to grab it.
“It’s a lot better than obviously on Sunday,” Woods said at the Deutsche Bank Championship. “It was nice to have that extra day of rest. Having the tournament start on Friday certainly helps. And I’ve gotten treatment every day, two to three times a day. And it feels good.”
Woods is paired with British Open champion Phil Mickelson and Masters champion Adam Scott, who not only are Nos. 1-2-3 in the FedEx Cup, but 1-2-3 in the world.
Phatlum leads LPGA
Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum shot an 8-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead over Lexi Thompson after the first round of the Safeway Classic in Portland.
Phatlum, 23, had 10 birdies and two bogeys in her afternoon round at Columbia Edgewater.
Christie Kerr, the winner in 2008 the last time the event was played at Columbia Edgewater, was at 66 along with Lizette Salas and Germany’s Sandra Gal.
Second-ranked Stacy Lewis, returning to play after withdrawing from the Canadian Women’s Open last week because of illness, opened with a 67. She won the Women’s British Open on Aug. 4 at St. Andrews and had consecutive early season victories in Singapore and Phoenix.
Hall of Famers Juli Inkster and Se Ri Pak also were in the large group at 67 that included Michelle Wie, Yani Tseng and Ai Miyazato.
Former Husky Paige Mackenzie and Washington resident Wendy Ward each shot a 71.
Donovan returns to U.S.
With Landon Donovan back in the fold, the U.S. resumes World Cup qualifying next week with its deepest team yet.
Donovan was among 23 players selected by coach Jurgen Klinsmann for upcoming qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico. Klinsmann snubbed the Americans’ career scoring leader for the last round of qualifiers, saying Donovan needed to work his way back onto the team after his offseason sabbatical.
But Donovan redeemed himself — and then some — with his play in last month’s Gold Cup, scoring five goals as the Americans won the title. He has continued his dazzling play with four goals in three games for the Los Angeles Galaxy, which on Wednesday rewarded him with a new, long-term contract.
Track and field
Bolt wins 100 in Zurich
Usain Bolt had to work hard for his 100-meter victory in 9.90 seconds at the Weltklasse Diamond League meet in Zurich.
The world and Olympic champion had the slowest reaction time out of the starting blocks. Fellow Jamaican Nickel Ashmeade, running two lanes to his left, led deep into the race. But Bolt gritted his teeth and muscled through the slight headwind to reach the front after 85 meters.
He edged ahead of Ashmeade, who finished in 9.94 for second place. American Justin Gatlin was third in 9.96.
Ukrainian high-jumper Bohdan Bondarenko failed in his latest attempt to break the 20-year-old world record of 8 feet, ½ inch set by Javier Sotomayor of Cuba. Bondarenko crashed through the bar at 8-0¾. He’d earlier won the event with a jump of 7-7.
Hawks coach arrested
Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer apologized for his arrest on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.
According to a report from the Georgia State Patrol, Budenholzer was pulled over at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday in Atlanta for not having working taillights. Budenholzer refused a breath test but agreed to a field sobriety test.
Budenholzer, who was released from jail on $1,524 bond, entered a not-guilty plea at Atlanta Municipal Court.
• The Boston Bruins signed general manager Peter Chiarelli, who built the team that reached the Stanley Cup Final twice in three years, to a four-year contract extension.
• The Phoenix Suns signed first-round draft pick Alex Len. The Suns also traded small forward Caron Butler to the Milwaukee Bucks for point guard Ish Smith and center Viacheslav Kravstov.
• Michael Morkov of Denmark won the sixth stage of the Spanish Vuelta in Caceres, and Vincenzo Nibali maintained the overall lead.
• The U.S. women’s national volleyball team lost to Serbia 25-23, 20-25, 25-18, 25-23 during the second day of the FIVB World Grand Prix in Sapporo, Japan.
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