PGA Today: Tiger-less Torrey Pines
Last week at the Waste Management Open Woods finished in dead last. On Thursday at one of his favorite courses, Torrey Pines, Woods was unable to finish the first round.
Citing injury, the Farmers Insurance Open had the world’s most famous golfer for only 11 holes before Tiger Woods withdrew from the tournament. His withdrawal marks the third time in the last nine tournaments that Woods has not been able to finish due to his injured back.
Woods appeared rusty last week in Phoenix, especially around the greens, but he didn’t blame his bad back. Early on during his Thursday round it became obvious that Woods was favoring the injury. He bogeyed two of the first three holes but clawed back to even par before doubling the second. By the time he made it to the green on the third hole (Woods started his round on the back-nine) the pain was too much to bear.
Woods believes a lengthy fog delay, which pushed his start back two hours, contributed mightily to him withdrawing.
“It just never loosened back up again,” Woods said during a 90-second media session before getting into his courtesy car. “And when we went back out, it just got progressively tighter.”
Skeptics will say that Woods returned to play too soon, but who can blame him for wanting to get the bad taste of the Waste Management out of his mouth by playing at Torrey Pines? This was a course in which Woods has been absolutely dominant, winning eight times prior to this week.
Needing to be ranked in the top-50 to qualify for the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral, it appears as if Woods will not be playing competitively for the next few weeks. Woods is likely to fall even further down the World Golf Rankings (he entered play on Thursday at No. 56) and is in jeopardy of missing his next scheduled start at the Honda Classic in three weeks.
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