Woods try­ing to stay fresh for PGA Tour post­sea­son

Ripon Bulletin - - Sports -

NOR­TON, Mass. (AP) — In the three days be­tween the open­ing two FedEx Cup play­off events, Tiger Woods took it easy at home with a lit­tle driv­ing and put­ting. Only one golf club was in­volved. “Driv­ing the car a lot,” Woods said Thurs­day, a ref­er­ence to tak­ing his two kids to af­ter­school ac­tiv­i­ties in Florida.

The PGA Tour’s post­sea­son is sup­posed to be a sprint — four tour­na­ments in five weeks, from a 125-man field at the start un­til it’s whit­tled down to a 30-man field that gets to the FedEx Cup fi­nale at the Tour Cham­pi­onship.

It feels more like a marathon in the mid­dle, es­pe­cially dur­ing a heat wave that has gripped the North­east, es­pe­cially for play­ers like Woods, Justin Thomas and those who ex­pect to have four play­off events fol­lowed by a sleep-de­prived, en­ergy-sap­ping week in France at the Ry­der Cup.

Play­ing golf at the TPC Bos­ton doesn’t com­pare with Heart­break Hill. Even so, keep­ing up a steady pace can feel like hard work.

“I’ve had a hard time keep­ing my en­ergy up the last cou­ple of days,” Thomas said. “I’ve hit some balls and I’ve just felt re­ally weak. That’s just from the trav­el­ing and play­ing a lot these past cou­ple months. But that’s what af­ter­noons are for, and that’s what Tues­day, Wed­nes­day, Thurs­day this week is for — to make sure you get rested, so come to­mor­row you’re ready to go.”

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