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Tiger Woods has been forced to withdraw from the Northern Trust ahead of his second round with an injury.

The 15-time major champion has a “mild oblique strain that led to pain and stiffness”.

In a statement, Woods, 43, said: “I went for treatment early Friday morning but unfortunately I’m still unable to compete.

“I’d like to thanks the New Jersey and New York fans for their support and remain hopeful I can compete next week at the BMW Championship.”

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The Masters champion had started the first of the FedEx Cup Playoff events at Liberty National with a 75 to sit 13 shots behind leader Troy Merritt after the opening round.


It is Woods’ first withdrawal on the PGA Tour since the 2015 Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.

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fit, he will likely need a good finish at next week’s BMW Championship
at Hazeltine National to stand a chance of defending his Tour
Championship title.

The top 30 players on the FedEx Cup standings after next week’s event advance to the season-finale at East Lake. Starting this week, Woods was ranked 28th.

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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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