Tiger Woods withdraws from Farmers Insurance Open with apparent back injury

SAN DIEGO–Tiger Woods has withdrawn form the Farmers Insurance Open due to a back injury. 

“It’s frustrating that it started shutting down like that,” said Tiger. “I was ready to go. I had a good warm-up session the first time around. Then we stood out here and I got cold, and everything started deactivating again. And it’s frustrating that I just can’t stay activated that’s just kind of the way it is.”

Woods said he first felt it tense up on the putting green when waiting for the fog delay to end. 

This is the third time in Woods’ last eight events that he has had to withdraw from competition due to injury. The former world No. 1 seemed to have trouble with his back throughout the day before he double-bogeyed the 11th hole.

“It’s just my glutes are shutting off,” said Tiger about the injury. “Then they don’t activate and then, hence, it goes to my lower back. So, I tried to activate my glutes as best I could, in between, but they never stayed activated.”

Tiger finished 2-over through 11 holes on the North Course. Heavy fog delayed the starting times for the event for over two hours before play managed to get underway for Round 1. 

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