Injured Tiger Quits Players Tourney

Drops out in apparent pain after 7th hole
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 9, 2010 11:25 AM CDT
Updated May 9, 2010 12:01 PM CDT
Tiger Woods follows his ball from the first hole fairway during the final round of The Players Championship on Sunday, May 9, 2010, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.   (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

(Newser) – Tiger Woods withdrew from the Players Championship today with an injury that he fears might be a bulging disk in his upper back. "I've been playing with a bad neck for about a month," Woods said. After hitting his drive well to the right on the seventh hole, Woods called for an official. He hit his second shot and grimaced, then walked to the fairway to shake hands with playing partner Jason Bohn before leaving on a golf cart.

Woods had his head bowed for several minutes as he sat in front of his locker, and other times kept his eyes closed as if he were in the middle of a nap before answering questions from three reporters. "I've been playing through it," Woods said quietly. "I can't play through it anymore." He said he first felt the injury before the Masters and plans to have an MRI next week.

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