Tiger Woods has decided to withdraw from an event this week because of a back injury – Wednesday’s NB3 Foundation Challenge.
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The world No. 1 said in a statement Monday that he will not play in Wednesday’s charity event at Turning Stone to rest his ailing back. It is still unclear whether he will be fit to tee it up at the Deutsche Bank Championship, which begins Friday outside Boston.
“While we’re disappointed Tiger is unable to play in this year’s event, the important thing for Tiger is to make sure he’s 100 percent healthy and not risk further injuring himself,” said Notah Bogay III, whose foundation benefits from the event. “We appreciate his unwavering support of our mission and look forward to having him with us here at Turning Stone in the future.”
Woods’ back flared up on the back nine Sunday at The Barclays, and a spasm on the 13th hole forced him to drop to his knees. He managed to birdie Nos. 16 and 17 to pull within a shot of the lead, but his birdie putt from the back fringe on the final hole stopped a few inches short. Woods finished in a four-way tie for second and afterward was non-committal about his status for the second event in the FedEx Cup playoffs.
In announcing his withdrawal from the charity event, Woods said, “I have spoken to Notah, and I would also like to express my personal regrets to the Oneida Indian Nation, sponsors and fans that I am unable to play in the Notah Begay III Foundation Challenge. Improving health and wellness in Native American children is an important and meaningful cause, and I want to commend Notah for his hard work and diligence. I’m certain it will be a very successful event.”