Golf news: Tiger Woods opens up on injury struggles after US Open disaster

Tiger Woods shot an even par round at Pebble Beach on Saturday to remain out of the championship-winning picture.

The American went into the weekend as one of the favourites, but was disappointing on Saturday and remains tied for 27th going into the final round.

He is currently 11 shots behind the leader Gary Woodland, who is in a two-way race with Justin Rose at the moment.

Woods completed an incredible comeback from injury at The Masters, as he appeared to put his back pain issues behind him to take home the Green Jacket for the first time in 14 years.

But at Pebble Beach – home of the best performance of his career in 2000 – he has struggled, and admitted that the weather has played a part.

The weather in California hasn’t been ideal for golf, and Woods has had to deal with the blustery conditions.

Speaking after his round on Saturday, he told Yahoo Sports that he had struggled to cope at some points.

“I got off to an awful start, and clawed it around, but still gave myself a chance for tomorrow, which is positive,” Woods said. “And we’ll see what the weather forecast is for tomorrow.

“There are a lot of guys ahead of me right now. Seems like everyone is doing what I was supposed to do earlier which is play 2- to 4-under par through the first seven. We’ll see what they do coming in.

“I was playing with An Byeong-hun today and he played a hell of a round today.

“[I] Missed the ball in the correct spots and that’s what you have to do in this space.”

Despite seemingly having little chance of taking home the title at Pebble Beach, Woods remained positive, and suggested he has grown to accept his body is not what it used to be.

“When it’s cold like this, everything is achy. It’s just part of the deal,” he continued.

“It’s been like that for years.

“The forces have to go somewhere. And 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 – it’s just part of the deal. 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.”

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