JERSEY CITY – The man was as optimistic and competitive as any golfer in the land on Wednesday as he met with the media in the shadow of Lady Liberty, telling stories of his roller-coaster season, trips to Augusta and Thailand and his love of playing in Boston, a huge gulp of pride-swallowing gusto for an LA Lakers’ fan bred in Southern California. Two days later, Tiger Woods withdrew from The Northern Trust, citing injury.
“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. “I went for treatment early Friday morning, but unfortunately I’m still unable to compete.”
Woods struggled Thursday during an opening-round 4-over-par 75 at Liberty National Golf Club in New Jersey.
“I just didn’t play well,” Woods said after his round. “Just one of those things where I just didn’t hit any good shots and didn’t make any putts.”
Woods, 43, entered the week ranked No. 5 in the world, but had played only 12 competitive rounds since winning the Masters in April. That included missed cuts at the PGA Championship and The Open Championship, held in Northern Ireland.
In his statement, he said he was “hopeful I can compete next week at the BMW Championship,” part of the season-ending FedEx Cup playoffs.
– Staff and Field Level Media report