Woods pulls out of Bridgestone Invitational due to injury
(Reuters) - Defending champion Tiger Woods pulled out of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio on Sunday after aggravating his troublesome back, raising more questions about the playing future of the 14-times major champion.
His participation in Thursday's PGA Championship in Kentucky, the final major of the year, must be highly doubtful although Woods said it was too early to speculate.
He also must be considered increasingly unlikely to be on the American team for next month’s Ryder Cup in Scotland.
He looked to be in pain after his drive at the ninth hole of the final round before deciding to retire on four over par, 18 shots behind overnight leader Sergio Garcia at Firestone Country Club.
Woods, who had made a double-bogey on the seventh hole, was limping as he climbed into a golf cart and left the course. He later issued a short statement.
"It happened on the second hole when I hit my second shot. I fell back in the bunker. I just jarred it and it's been spasming ever since," he said.
"It's just the whole lower back. I don't know what happened when I landed.“
The latest injury setback comes barely four months after Woods had lower back surgery to relieve an impinged nerve.
He had the procedure after intense pain caused him to pull out of the Honda Classic on March 2, also during the final round. Continued...