TIGER WOODS' back injury is so bad that he has to sit on the floor to tie his shoelaces.
The 15-time Major champion admitted he was "sore" and that he needed treatment after his dismal first-round seven-over 78 at The Open.
Woods is almost certain to miss the cut – adding insult to very clear injury in a tournament he has won three times.
Before his second round, Woods was shown sitting on the grass of the Royal Portrush practice ground doing up his shoes.
And he once again appeared to wince off the first tee as he hit his drive into the left rough before making a birdie.
The back issues are clear to see and he often wears a special kinesiology tape to help with his movement.
Woods, 43, had career-saving spinal fusion surgery – his fourth back op – in April 2017 and won The Masters almost two years to the day later.
That was a miracle considering his pain was once so bad he could not even sit in a chair and struggled to get out of bed.
The low point of his struggles to deal with it all came when he was arrested for driving under the influence after being found asleep at the wheel of his car following a cocktail of painkillers in May 2017.
But now the golfing icon, who has also had four surgeries on his left knee, will limit his playing schedule so that he can compete for longer.
After his round yesterday, Woods said: "I'm sore, yes. I'm sore.
"Just the way it is. Just Father Time and some procedures I've had over the time. Just the way it's going to be.
"As I said, one of the reasons why I'm playing less tournaments this year is that I can hopefully prolong my career, and be out here for a little bit longer.
"My warm-up wasn't very good. I had a hard time moving. And just trying to piece together a swing that will get me around a golf course."
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