Tiger arrives at Carnoustie with KT Tape on neck
Two black strips of tape are peeking out above Tiger Woods collar and the golf world is losing its mind. Woods arrived for his first round at Carnoustie with what appears to be KT Tape on his neck.
With TAPE ON HIS NECK?
— Jason Rouslin (@DFSgolfer23)
The tape, popularly worn by Michelle Wie in any number of configurations, is designed to “reduce tissue pressure.”
Further, KT Tape’s website explains more of the thinking behind the tape
“When an area of the body is injured through impact or over-use, the lymphatic fluid builds up causing inflammation and swelling. This accumulation of lymphatic fluids may cause increased pressure on muscles and tissue which can cause significant discomfort or pain…It is believed that when applied correctly, KT Tape lifts the skin, decompressing the layers of fascia, allowing for greater movement of lymphatic fluid which transports white blood cells throughout the body and removes waste products, cellular debris, and bacteria.”
So, there you have it.
But what’s going on with Woods specifically. Well, we don’t know. Is Woods having issues with his quadriply surgically repaired back? Did he wake up with a stiff neck after a rough night of sleep in a hotel bad (as has happened before)?
We don’t know yet. Of course, that hasn’t stemmed the tide of panic. News of he tape was not well received in the Twitterverse.
It’s too early in the morning for me to be hyperventilating about Tiger’s back
— LKD (@LukeKerrDineen)
Looks like Tiger might be sleeping on the same kind of crappy hotel bed as me…. ????
— Phil Casey (@pcaseysafc)
We’ll update this story when we know more, however, Woods’ camp says it’s “no big deal” and that Woods merely woke up with a stiff neck, according to Steve DiMeglio of USA Today.