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Report: Woods has bulging disk in back

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In its second year, Bobby Jones’ tournament was still known as the Augusta National Invitation Tournament. The nines were reversed from Year 1, making this the first year of the course’s present configuration. Gene Sarazen trailed leader Craig Wood by three shots on the back nine, but made up all three strokes by holing a 4-wood from 235 yards for an albatross on the par-5 15th. The two ended up tied in regulation, and Sarazen shot even-par 144 to win the next day’s 36-hole playoff.  - 

ORLANDO, Fla. - Tiger Woods is reportedly suffering from a bulging disk in his back, though his agent, Mark Steinberg, told that there is “nothing new to report since Tuesday,” when Woods withdrew from the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Golfweek magazine, citing a source with knowledge of Woods’ condition, reported on Thursday that the world No. 1 has a bulging disk but it would not require surgery and that it could have been much worse.

“Nothing new to report since Tuesday,” Steinberg said in an email to “Tiger is resting and receiving treatment. We will evaluate in the coming days.”

When Woods was asked at Doral whether the injury was more serious than back spasms, he said: “Well, it is back spasms, so we’ve done all the protocols and it’s just a matter of keeping everything aligned so I don’t go into that.”

This is just the second time in Woods’ career that he has skipped the Arnold Palmer Invitational, where has won eight times, including each of the past two years. In a statement Tuesday, he said that the pain from the back spasms has yet to subside, and that it was “too early to know about the Masters.”