Akron, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Tiger Woods withdrew from the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational after hitting his tee shot on the ninth hole, due to an apparent back injury.
Woods was in extreme pain saying he “jarred it” after his second shot fell into the bunker.
Although Woods did not seem to be in pain initially, his caddie, Joe LaCava backed up Tiger.
Lacava added, “He did a good job of masking it.”
On the fifth, sixth, and seventh holes, Woods performed poorly, playing them in 3 over.
He parred the 8th and was able to hit a 315-yard drive at the ninth hole but appeared to be in pain after trying to bend over to pick up his tee.
Woods underwent surgery March of this year to address a pinched nerve in his back.
The back surgery prevented him from joining the Masters and the U.S. Open.
Woods then returned but was unsuccessful in the tournaments he joined.
The PGA Championship will be held next week and if Tiger doesn’t compete he will miss 3 of 4 majors, a first in his career.
“I don’t know,” Woods said when asked about his PGA Championship status.
Phil Mickelson, who is paired with Woods for the opening rounds of the PGA Championship hopes he can return healthy.
Mickelson added, “I hope it’s a muscle and nothing serious because I’m really looking forward to playing with him.”
The FedEx Cup playoffs and the Ryder Cup are also likely to miss his presence if Tiger continues ailing.