Tiger Woods felt a twinge in his lower back when he awoke and felt pain throughout the second round at Bethpage Black. He managed to overcome a bogey-bogey start and get within range of Nick Watney and the resurgent Sergio Garcia.
Thousands of fans chased after Woods and McIlroy, in the marquee group based on their standing in the FedEx Cup — Woods at No. 1 and McIlroy at No. 3. Both of them got off to a reasonable start.
Nick Watney capped off an amazing weekend at Aronimink to win the AT&T National on Sunday, moving him to No. 10 in the world.
A big thunderstorm in the middle of the night delayed the start of Tuesday’s practice rounds by two hours while maintenance workers cleaned the debris off the course.
Watney opened a three-stroke lead at the PGA Championship on Saturday afternoon, making birdies on five of his first seven holes on his way to 12 under.