NORTON — It was an early start — just the way he likes it — but Thursday couldn’t have ended any better for Tiger Woods.
Arriving at TPC Boston for his pro-am round at the Deutsche Bank Championship, Woods was hoping to play nine holes without any back pain, days after sporadic spasms dropped him to his knees and left his availability for this week’s tournament in question.
Woods felt so good, though, and had no issues through the front nine that he kept right on playing, ditching his plan and joining his four pro-am partners — including the mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg — for all 18 holes.
“I was only going to play nine holes and chip and putt on the back nine,” Woods said. “But it felt so good I continued playing.” Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.