SAN DIEGO (KRON) — Tiger Woods has withdrawn from the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego after 11 holes on Thursday afternoon because of apparent back injury.
Woods was 2 over in the first round of the tournament.
This was Woods’ second tournament in the 2015 season. He has now withdrawn or been cut in each of his last four pro events. He missed the cut by 12 shots last week in the Phoenix Open.
The 39-year-old golfer has been dealing with recurring back injuries, his most recent injury was a lumbar disc herniation, which he played through for some time during the 2013 season. He had back surgery at the end of March and took four months off at the end of the season.
Woods blamed this on having to stand around in the cool Pacific air during a fog delay.
He warmed up for his 9:20 a.m. tee time and was near the 10th tee when play was suspended because fog rolled in. Fog delayed the start by an hour, and the next round of fog led to a 90-minute stoppage in play.
“I was ready to go,” Woods said. “I had a good warmup 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.”
Asked if it was new pain from the back injury that forced him to withdraw at Firestone in August, Woods said his “glutes are shutting off.”
“Then they don’t activate and then, hence, it goes into my lower back,” he said, sounding more like a physical therapist than a 14-time major champion. “So I tried to activate my glutes as best I could in between, but they never stayed activated.”
Back in August, Woods pulled himself out of US Ryder Cup consideration due to his back problems. “I’ve been told by my doctors and trainer that my back muscles need to be rehabilitated and healed. They’ve advised me not to play or practice now.”
Woods, coming off last week’s career-high 82, his worst round as a pro, fell out of the top 50 in the world ranking for the first time in more than three years.
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