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Honda Classic 2014: Tiger Woods withdraws due to back injury

Tiger Woods withdrew from the PGA TOUR’s 2014 Honda Classic on Sunday after 13 holes, citing back issues, according to ESPN.com

Woods was seen grimacing and stretching, throughout the morning and couldn’t put any good shots together during the final round. He shot a 40 on the front nine and withdrew after making four straight pars on the back nine. 

Via ESPN.com: 

“It started this morning during warm-ups,” Woods said through spokesman Glenn Greenspan, who accompanied Woods off the course in a van.

The Southern California native is slated to play in the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral next week, where he won last season. As far as playing, he said that he’s unsure at this point whether or not he’ll give it a go. 

“It’s too early to tell,” Woods said about Doral. “I’ll get treatment every day to try and calm it down. Don’t know yet. We’ll see how I am, wait till Thursday and see how it feels.”

On Tuesday, Woods is scheduled to appear at a news conference in Miami, but there is no indication if he’ll still attend the event given his injury. Woods dealt with similar pain last season during the Barclays, then had the back problems linger through the FedEx Cup playoffs, though he gave no indication of the issues at the time. 

The withdrawn finish is the seventh of Woods’ career and the fourth in the last five years. The 38-year-old hasn’t won a major since the 2008 U.S. Open, and his quest to catch Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 is in jeopardy as his body continues to cause him problems late in his career. 

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Michael C. Jones is the managing editor and founder of Sports Out West and a Southern California-based sports journalist. His credits include Yahoo Sports and Bleacher Report, among others.
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