Tiger Woods withdraws from Begay’s charity event

Tiger Woods has pulled out of a charity event for good friend

Notah Begay because of his ailing back.

The Notah Begay III Foundation Challenge said Monday night that

Gary Woodland will replace Woods in the field Wednesday at Turning

Stone Resort.

Woods said he felt stiffness in his back last week at The

Barclays from a soft bed in his hotel. He said he suffered a back

spasm during a seven-hole stretch at the end of the final round,

and he dropped to his knees after one shot. Woods finished one shot

behind Adam Scott.

Woods has not said if he would play in the Deutsche Bank

Championship, the second FedEx Cup playoff event that starts Friday

on the TPC Boston. The tournament benefits the Tiger Woods

Foundation. Woods had to miss another event that supports his

foundation, the AT&T National, two months ago because of an

elbow injury.

”While we’re disappointed Tiger is unable to play in this

year’s event, the important thing for Tiger is to make sure he’s

100 percent healthy and not risk further injuring himself,” Begay


Woods said he has spoken to Begay, his teammate at Stanford, and

expressed his regrets at having to pull out.