Chris Wood Again Battling Back Injury.

England’s Chris Wood is again struggling with back pain just months after taking a near three month break from the game.

Wood is among a group who carded a level par 72 on the first day of the rain-lashed Spanish Open in Seville.

However the 23-year old and six foot five inch tall Wood then revealed he had to undergo further treatment on his lower back immediately upon returning home to Bristol following two weeks competition in the Far East.

Chris Wood revealing his again struggling with back pain. (Photo - Eoin Clarke/www.golffile.ie)

Wood had more than three months on the sideline late last year recovering from a bulging disc in his lower back.

After playing 14 Race to Dubai events in 2011 from January through to July’s Barclays Scottish Open, Wood played just one further event in the closing five months of the year and that was finishing 15th at Gleneagles.

“My back has been troubling on and off since I came back this season and I know what I have to do exactly to manage it,” he said.

“But that involves avoiding long-haul flights as the trip out to China did me in for 10 day and I had pain all the way down my left leg until the following Wednesday in Korea.

“Regular treatment, core exercises and anti-inflamatory pills seem to help.

“I got back home to Bristol midday Monday and at 7.30pm that night I was seeing my physio.

“I’m trying to do everything I can to get myself in the best condition to play but I may also have to look at my schedule with regards to the long overseas flights and maybe arrange to stop over in Dubai and somewhere.”

Wood had burst onto the world stage in stunning manner by finishing one stroke out of the play-off for the 2009 Open Championship at Turnberry.

A year earlier Wood had secured the Silver Medal in finishing fifth at the 2008 Open at Royal Birkdale.

This time last season Wood went close to a first European Tour success in leading the Iberdrola Open in Majorca by four strokes heading to the last day but shooting a final round 76 to finish three adrift of Northern Irishman Darren Clarke.

And to add further insult to Wood’s injuries upon leaving Bristol for Seville earlier this week he was slugged £135 by Easyjet for excess luggage.

“I travelled out to China and Korea and then back home again with the same luggage and then get hit for excess luggage coming down here to Seville,” quipped Wood.

 



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