How the Tour's WD protocol impacts Tiger

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SAN DIEGO – For the ninth time in his career, and the third time in his last eight official PGA Tour starts, Tiger Woods withdrew after 11 holes on Thursday at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Although withdrawals are nothing new on Tour - there have been four early exits in the last three weeks - there is a protocol that players must follow.


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According to the player handbook, a player may withdraw during a round for injury or disability, but they must notify a Tour official and “within a period of 14 days submit written evidence supporting such reason to the commissioner.”

A player who withdraws during a round can also go to the Tour’s fitness trailers on sight and have a trainer document the injury, or the circuit can use previous documentation of an ongoing injury, which in Woods’ case stretches back to surgery last spring, and that would suffice as an appropriate notification.

After playing a full round, a player may withdraw without giving a reason.