Tiger Woods withdrew from the Honda Classic on Sunday after 13 holes.
Woods was 5 over on the day with a 40 on the front nine but he had parred his last three holes. He was 12 back of leader Rory McIlroy when he walked off the course.
According to a spokesperson for Woods, the official injury he is citing is a bad back. There was chatter of this all day:
On 11 tee, tiger looked like he was doing the Miguel Angel Jimenez stretching routine.— Adam Schupak (@GolfweekSchupak) March 2, 2014
The spokesman said he had been receiving treatment for lower back spasms. It started bothering him on Sunday when he was warming up. It's the same issue he was having at the Barclays last season.
Woods confirmed this later on.
"It's my lower back with spasms," Woods said. "It started this morning warming up."
He had been stretching and bending all day, as if something wasn't quite right. According to Golf Channel it started before his bad round.
Fair point, although the stretching preceded the bad play today. RT @brettl8n don't see him "stretch the back" when he shoots 65.— GC Tiger Tracker (@GCTigerTracker) March 2, 2014
Woods walked off the course holding the hands of his kids.
And lest you think this is a common occurrence for Woods, according to Jason Sobel of Golf Channel this is just the fourth in the last five years for him.
And even more rare for the entire arc of his career:
With just five holes left to play and a really bad front nine behind him I would imagine he was really worried about exacerbating the injury with the Masters just 40 days away.
On whether or not he would play the Cadillac Championship next week at Doral, Woods deferred.
"It's too early to tell. I need treatment every day until Thursday to try to calm it down. We'll see."