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Golf: Tiger Woods withdraws from Honda Classic with sore back

Published on Mar 3, 2014 6:33 AM
Tiger Woods plays a shot on the second hole during the final round of The Honda Classic at PGA National Resort and Spa on Mar 2, 2014 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. -- PHOTO: AFP

PALM BEACH GARDENS, United States (AFP) - World number one Tiger Woods withdrew from the final round of the Honda Classic on Sunday, March 2, 2014, citing a sore back.

A day after shooting his lowest score of the year on the United States (US) PGA Tour - a third-round 65 at the par-70 PGA National - Woods was five-over for the day through 13 holes of the final round when he pulled out, shaking hands with his playing partners on the 13th green before unceremoniously departing.

The 14-time major champion had parred his last four holes, the 10th through 13th, but he was nine over on the front nine, including a double-bogey seven at the par-five third hole.

With less than six weeks to go until the first major of the year, the Masters at Augusta National April 10 to 13, it was another disappointment for Woods, whose 2014 campaign has gotten off to a stuttering start with a missed secondary cut at Torrey Pines and a shared 41st place at Dubai.

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