The Tiger Woods saga continues. Just weeks after rejoining the PGA Tour at the Masters, Woods had withdrawn from the tournament, citing a neck injury.
The golfer made the announcement at the Players Championship in Florida on Sunday.
“They want me to get a picture on it next week,” Woods said of his neck. “I might have a bulging disk.”
The on-again, off-again saga of Tiger Woods is back off, and nobody seems to know if he will ever find firm footing again. What will a magnetic resonance imaging exam show? Will Woods come back at the Memorial in four weeks or the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach in six weeks, or will he just wait until 2011 and start fresh?
And what of Jack Nicklaus’s record 18 majors? Woods has 14 of them, and what once looked like a simple march to history now looks more like a trek across the Sahara. “I’m having a hard time with the pain,” Woods said, and though he was talking about his neck, it seemed applicable to other areas of his life. Pick any one, and you’ll probably guess right.
As Woods was being interviewed by a small group of reporters in the TPC locker room after walking off the course trailing by 12 shots, Davis Love III was in a nearby row, preparing for his final round. Love said that, earlier in the week, he and Woods were chatting about Love’s own bulging disk problem.
“He and I were [saying] that I needed to work out more,” Love said. “We were talking about working out together.”
Woods says he started feeling neck pain before his comeback at the Masters. In fact, during his pre-Masters press conference, he acknowledged that he was treated at the hospital after his Thanksgiving night accident for “a busted lip and a pretty sore neck.”