Tiger Woods might not be 40 years old yet, but he sure is starting to sound like an old man.
A two-hour delay due to fog apparently caused Woods’ lower back to act up, leading to his withdrawal from the Farmers Insurance Open after just 11 holes on Thursday.
“I was ready to go. I had a good warm-up session the first time around,” Woods said. “Then we stood out here and I got cold, and everything started deactivating again. And it’s frustrating that I just can’t stay activated. That’s just kind of the way it is.”
It’s Woods’ sixth withdrawal from a Tour event in the last five years. Between 1992-2009, he had just three withdrawals spanning 253 events.
Down to 56th in the Official Golf World Rankings following his last-place finish at the Waste Management Phoenix Open a week ago, Woods is now in jeopardy of missing the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral in early March – only the Top 50 players in the world qualify for WGC events.
Woods started on the back nine with two bogeys in his first three holes. He got back to even with a birdie on No. 16 and another on No. 1 before double bogeying No. 2.