Tiger withdraws from Honda Classic with bad back

Tiger Woods grabs his back after his drive on the ninth hole.

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Tiger Woods withdrew from the Honda Classic during Sunday’s final round, citing a lower-back issue that has plagued him during the past six months.

Woods, 38, struggled early in the final round turning at 5-over 40, but seemed to right the ship and was even par on the back nine.

After making a 2-foot par putt on the 13th hole, Woods walked up to his playing competitor Luke Guthrie, shook hands and was taken by a van off the golf course and to his car in the players’ parking lot.

Glenn Greenspan, a spokesman for Woods, released the following about his condition.

“It’s lower back problems with spasms. It started this morning during warm-ups.

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"Regarding Doral, too early to tell. I’ll get treatment every day to try to calm it down; don’t know yet.

"We’ll see how I am, wait till Thursday and see how it feels.

"Basically the same thing, feeling as it was, at Barclays.”

For Woods, the withdrawal was his seventh in his career on the PGA Tour. His last came at the WGC-Cadillac Championship two years ago — when Woods felt tightness in his left Achilles during the final round and withdrew after his tee shot on the 12th hole.

Woods returned a little more than a week later to play in the Tavistock Cup and then went on to win his next event at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He finished 40th at that year’s Masters.

Woods had been seen stretching his back during Sunday’s final round of the Honda Classic, per tweets from Golfweek’s Adam Schupak:

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