After hitting a shot from the top of a bunker on the second hole, Tiger Woods said he injured his back. On the ninth tee box, he could barely bend over to pick up his tee, and he withdrew from the WGC-Bridgestone as he attempted to walk down the fairway.
Tiger spoke to a PGA Tour media official after the round. He explained the situation with his back, “Happened on the second hole when I hit my second shot. I fell back in the bunker…I just jarred it, and it’s been spasming ever since.”
The WGC-Bridgestone was Tiger’s third event since undergoing back surgery in late March. He was on track for a magnificently quick comeback, but that all changed when he withdrew on the ninth hole.
Here is the video of the tee shot on nine, courtesy of the PGA Tour:
It is unclear if Tiger will try to play in the PGA Championship next week.