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Back spasms force Woods to withdraw from WGC Bridgestone after fall

Tiger is almost certainly out of next week’s PGA Championship after his latest fitness problem.

Woods has an awkward follow through after hitting from the lip of a fairway bunker on the second hole.
Woods has an awkward follow through after hitting from the lip of a fairway bunker on the second hole.
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TIGER WOODS WITHDREW from the World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational today, immediately putting his place at next week’s PGA Championship, the season’s closing major, in doubt.

“After grimacing in pain after his tee shot on No. 9, Tiger Woods has withdrawn from the @WGC_Bridgestone,” tweeted the PGA Tour.

“On the second hole, I hit my second shot and fell back into the bunker,” said Woods. “It just started and has been spasming ever since.

It’s just the whole lower back so I don’t know what happened when I landed.”

When asked what it might mean for next week, he added: “I don’t know, I’m just trying to get out of here.”

The 38-year-old Woods, a winner of 14 majors, underwent back surgery in March.

On Sunday, he was seen holding his back as he withdrew from the event, being driven off the course in a golf buggy, forced to sit ramrod straight to help alleviate the pain.

The PGA Championship gets under way at Valhalla in Kentucky on Thursday.

Source: PGA TOUR/YouTube

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