KRON, Ohio – Feeling uncomfortable all day, Tiger Woods "jarred" his back after jumping back into a bunker on the second hole following a shot from an awkward stance and then withdrew Sunday during the final World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational after hitting his tee shot on the ninth hole.
Woods, who earlier this year withdrew from the Honda Classic in the final round and then had back surgery on March 31, was driven from the ninth tee to his car in the parking lot.
He was grimacing as he got off the cart and then had a hard time changing his shoes. Within a few minutes he was being driven off the premises by his caddie Joe LaCava.
"It happened on the second hole when I hit my second shot, I fell back into the bunker. I just jarred it, and it's been spasming ever since," Woods told a PGA Tour official. "It's just the whole lower back. I don't know what happened."
Woods played on but the pain got worse.
He is headed to Louisville for next week's PGA Championship unaware if he'll be able to compete. He had planned on playing Valhalla Golf Club on Monday afternoon in preparation for the final major of the season.
"I don't know," Woods said when asked about next week. "Just trying to get out of here."
Woods was disappointed following rounds of 68-71-72 at Firestone Country Club.
He needed strong play this week and at next week's PGA Championship to put himself in the FedExCup playoffs and for consideration for the Ryder Cup team.