Despite reports that he’s been slowed in recent weeks by a hip injury, Hideki Matsuyama isn’t dealing with anything that a little rest can’t cure. According to Matsuyama’s manager/interpreter Bob Turner, the world’s third-ranked player is simply tired after a long season and his ailment is nothing major. Matsuyama’s upcoming schedule would seem to be a testament to that, with the Japanese star scheduled to play next week’s Presidents Cup and the WGC-HSBC Champions, where he is the defending champion, next month along with the Hero World Challenge in December. Turner also said Matsuyama is considering to play the new CJ Cup next month in South Korea and CIMB Classic, along with possible starts on the Japan Golf Tour to finish the year.
Jordan Spieth was surprised he managed to shoot a 3-under 67 to open the Tour Championship after grinding on Thursday. The American endured a tricky day at East Lake Golf Club, but ended up mixing four birdies with just one bogey to be tied for sixth. Spieth is still the projected FedEx Cup champion despite sitting three shots behind leader Kyle Stanley.
Tiger Woods still isn't hitting full golf shots and doesn't have a timetable for his return to competitive golf, but other aspects of his attempted comeback from a fourth back surgery sound more optimistic, according to a Friday morning post on his personal website. "I'm starting to hit the ball a little further -- 60-yard shots. I have not taken a full swing since my back fusion surgery last April, but continue to chip and putt every day," Woods wrote. "I'm working out six days a week, alternating between the treadmill, bike riding, swimming and lifting twice a day. My muscle tone is coming back, but I'm not in golf shape yet. That's going to take time." He revealed that an impending six-month