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Sore back leads Woods to leave Bridgestone

Tiger Woods reinjures his back on a bunker shot at No. 2. His status for the PGA Championship is unknown.

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Tiger Woods reinjures his back on a bunker shot at No. 2. His status for the PGA Championship is unknown.

AKRON, Ohio — Tiger Woods withdrew midway through Sunday's final round of the Bridge­stone Invitational after aggravating a back injury. And his status for this week's PGA Championship is unknown.

Woods, making his third start since returning from back surgery, was a minute from teeing off in steady rain when play was suspended.

He started play 75 minutes later and reinjured his lower back on the second hole.

With his weight almost entirely on his right leg and his left leg above the bunker's lip, Woods got the ball out with a swing that made him bend his left knee into the air on the follow-through. He lost his balance and fell back toward the bunker, jarring his back.

"It's been spasming ever since," Woods said later. "It's just the whole lower back. I don't know what happened."

After his drive on the par-4 No. 9, Woods had a hard time reaching down to retrieve his tee. He then signaled for a cart, which took him to his sports utility vehicle in the players' parking lot.

Woods, 38, was set to play in the PGA Championship in Louisville, Kentucky. He needs a victory to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs and improve his odds for a U.S. Ryder Cup berth.

He said his immediate future is unclear.

"I don't know," Woods said. "Just trying to get out of here."

Sore back leads Woods to leave Bridgestone 08/03/14 [Last modified: Sunday, August 3, 2014 7:27pm]

    

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