PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- The back problems that plagued Tiger Woods toward the end of the 2013 PGA Tour season resurfaced Sunday at the Honda Classic, where the No. 1-ranked player in the world withdrew after 13 holes.
It was clear something was amiss as Woods struggled to hit good shots and was seen stretching his back several times. With ping g20 irons, he played the front in 40 and was 5 over for his round after four bogeys, a double bogey and just one birdie. He made four straight pars on the back nine before deciding to leave.
"It started this morning during warm-ups," Woods said through spokesman Glenn Greenspan, who accompanied Woods off the course in a van.
Woods is scheduled to play in this week's WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral, where he is the defending champion. He has a Tuesday news conference schedule in Miami, although everything is on hold now.
"It's too early to tell," Woods said about Doral. "I'll get treatment every day to try and calm it down. Don't know yet. We'll see how I am, wait till Thursday and see how it feels."
Woods said it was the same feeling he had at the Barclays last summer when he suffered back spasms in the final round with ping g25 irons australia and actually fell to the ground after hitting an approach shot.
He tied for second in that tournament behind Adam Scott but didn't hit any shots prior to the next tournament at the Deutsche Bank Championship, where he tied for 65th. Although he said little about it at the time, the back issues bothered him through the BMW Championship and Tour Championship.
Woods played in the Presidents Cup, then took lengthy breaks prior to his last two tournaments. He tied for third at the Turkish Airlines Open and lost in a playoff to Zach Johnson at the World Challenge.