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Tiger Takes A Walk With Back Spasms

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLORIDA | The story was Rory McIlroy virtually all week at the Honda Classic – the rise, the Sunday back-nine fall, the playoff heartbreak. And Tiger Woods was almost an afterthought.
At least until Woods, the No. 1 player and drama king in the world, abruptly withdrew after 13 holes Sunday, citing back spasms he said began during his pre-round warmup, forcing his walk off the course, holding hands with his daughter, Sam, as he headed for a nearby van.
“It’s my lower back with spasms,” Woods told his public relations man Glenn Greenspan, out in the gallery following his favorite player. As for his availability this week at Doral, where he is defending champion in the WGC-Cadillac Championship, Woods (who did not speak with reporters) told Greenspan that “it’s too early to tell. I need treatment every day until Thursday to try to calm it down. We’ll see how it is. It’s the same feeling I had at Barclays.”
Last August, playing in that event on the back nine Sunday, Woods smacked a shot, then hit the ground in obvious pain. Still, he managed to finish the round. There was not that sort of agonizing moment here Sunday, according to his final-round playing partner, Luke Guthrie.
“I noticed he was starting to kind of gingerly tee up the ball and pick up the ball out of the hole,” Guthrie said. “He just came over and said that ‘I can’t go any more, it was a pleasure playing with you.’ I just said, ‘Take it easy, feel better.’ ”


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