Is the golfing legend on his last legs?
Tiger Woods has withdrawn from the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines after just twelve holes and one of his worst performances to date due to back pain.
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Woods left after hitting his tee shot on third hole of the North Course at Torrey Pines, his 12th hole of the day. He told reporters that he was having lower back pain and it was affecting undermining his shots. At the time, Woods was +2 on the course.
“It’s just my glutes are shutting off,” Woods said. “Then they don’t activate and then, hence, it goes into my lower back.”
FOX Sports reported that it was the third time in Woods’ last eight starts that he had to withdraw.
“It’s frustrating that it started shutting down like that,” he said. “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. It just never loosened back up again, and when we went back out there, it got progressively tighter.”
Woods is coming off one of the worst years of his career in which he made only seven starts on Tour, missing two cuts and withdrawing from one event, and went a cumulative 26 over in 21 rounds last year.
At age 39, Woods owns 79 victories and 14 major championships – both second in golf history to Jack Niklaus – and hasn’t won since August 4, 2013, at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.