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Tiger Woods tees off on the first hole during the first round of the BMW Championship. Photo: Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports

His lack of sharpness is the result of a Catch-22 situation for Woods. To be sharp, Woods needs reps. But his troublesome back has limited his ability to practice and lift and play as much as he needs to be sharp. Since he won the Masters in April – his fifth green jacket, 15 th major in all and first since 2008 – he has played just 14 rounds and missed cuts in the PGA Championship and British Open.

On Wednesday, he hit balls for the first time since withdrawing last week.

On top of all of that, Woods is working on swing changes to alleviate back pain.