Woods withdraws from Northern Trust, citing oblique strain
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Jersey City, Aug. 10 -- Masters champion Tiger Woods withdrew Friday from the opening FedEx Cup playoffs event with what he described as a mild oblique strain.
It was the first time Woods has pulled out in the middle of a tournament since the Dubai Desert Classic in February 2017, two months before he had a fourth surgery on his back to fuse his lower spine.
"Due to a mild oblique strain that led to pain and stiffness, I have to withdraw from The Northern Trust," Woods said in a statement released by the PGA Tour. "I went for treatment early Friday morning, but unfortunately I'm still unable to compete."
Woods, playing in only his second tournament since the U.S. Open in June, opened with a 4-over 75 on a Liberty National course so sof...
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