Tiger Woods withdraws from Northern Trust, citing oblique strain

Tiger Woods withdraws from Northern Trust, citing oblique strain

He still wants to play in BMW Championship next week

Doug Ferguson AP Golf Writer
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Tiger Woods withdrew from the first FedEx Cup event on Friday, citing a mild oblique strain.

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Tiger Woods has withdrawn from the opening FedEx Cup playoff event with what he calls a mild oblique strain.

Woods opened with a 75 on Thursday in The Northern Trust. He says his oblique muscle caused him mild pain and he went for treatment Friday morning. He says the treatment wasn't effective enough for him to play the second round on Friday afternoon.

It's the first time this year Woods has withdrawn in the middle of a tournament.

He says he hopes to be able to play next week in the BMW Championship at Medinah, where he won two of his PGA Championships.

If he plays next week, Woods would need to move back into the top 30 in the FedEx Cup to be able to defend his title at the Tour Championship, where he won last year to cap off a remarkable return following four back surgeries.

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