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Tiger Woods' caddie describes his boss as 'tough and stubborn'

Shane Bacon
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Tiger Woods and caddie Joe LaCava wait to hit off the third tee during the third round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational — Getty Images

The Tiger Woods watch at Valhalla is still in full effect, as the 14-time major winner is still questionable for the final major championship of the season.

Woods' absence didn't stop his caddie, Joe LaCava, from heading to Valhalla to scout the course and chart his yardage book just in case Woods decides to play, and spoke with reporters about what went down last week at Firestone.

Tiger apparently tweaked his back after a shot on the second hole on Sunday, playing through the pain for seven holes before eventually withdrawing and wincing his way to his courtesy car and his private jet. A lot of people wondered if the pain was that great, why would Tiger risk more injury by playing six or seven more meaningless holes?

LaCava spoke on just that issue with the AP's Doug Ferguson.

"He's tough," LaCava said. "Tough and stubborn would be two good words."

Neither of those two words should surprise anyone that has followed Tiger for any amount of time during his professional career.

The tough thing is obvious, with Woods winning a 91-hole U.S. Open in 2008 on a broken leg and battling through injury after injury on the golf course since that tournament.

As for stubborn, Woods is also the guy that wouldn't change drivers when equipment was really heating up, spurring Phil Mickelson to say Tiger was playing "inferior equipment" during an interview with Golf Magazine in 2003.

For now, we still sit and await the news if Woods is going to tee it up this week at Valhalla. Both tough and stubborn will have to play a big part if Tiger does step on the tee with Mickelson and Padraig Harrington on Thursday, knowing that 72 holes of major championship golf is anything but easy and carefree.

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