Players praise Tiger for getting help, await return

Players praise Tiger for getting help, await return
Tiger Woods is being treated to ease back pain and sleep issues.

Potomac - Former world number one Woods was arrested May 29 near his Florida home for impaired driving



By AFP

Published: Thu 29 Jun 2017, 8:04 PM

Last updated: Thu 29 Jun 2017, 10:06 PM

Tiger Woods won't be hosting this week's PGA National tournament as he continues treatment to manage medications following an impaired driving arrest, and players on Wednesday praised his commitment to getting better.
"It's really cool to see what he's doing in terms of he's handling what he's dealing with and he's taking it seriously," said 12th-ranked Justin Thomas, part of Sunday's final US Open pairing two weeks ago.
"As someone who looks up to him and as a friend, I think that's more impressive than coming here."
Former world number one Woods, a 14-time major champion whose charity foundation stages the National, was arrested May 29 near his Florida home for impaired driving.
A breathalyzer test showed no sign of alcohol but police video showed Woods struggling to answer questions and he said later the former No 1 did not realise how prescription drugs he was taking might interact.
Last week, Woods said he had sought help to handle the medications he uses to ease back pain and sleep issues.
"I'm currently receiving professional help to manage my medications and the ways that I deal with back pain and a sleep disorder," Woods tweeted.
World number 17 Patrick Reed, who played under assistant captain Woods on last year's triumphant US Ryder Cup squad, said everyone should understand Woods's absence.
"Tiger's here in spirit, you know. It's his event," Reed said."It's one of those things. We all would love for him to be here, but at the end of the day, for him to put his foot down and go ahead and take care of himself and try to get better, that's more important than playing golf or being here."


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