Updated 05:47 AM EDT, Tue, Apr 20, 2021

Tiger Woods News: Back Injury Prompts Farmers Insurance Open Withdrawal

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The pain in his back forced golf champion Tiger Woods to withdraw from the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines on Thursday, with him making just 12 holes during the competition's opening round. 

Saying that his lower back felt tight, Woods said he was forced to opt out of the tournament which according to the New York Post was his sixth withdrawal since 2010, and these are all because of injuries.

In March last year, Woods underwent a surgery to repair his back then went back recently to professional golfing when he felt he is already in a healthy state to compete.

During Thursday's competition, the New York Post said that it was obvious Woods was again having problems with his back.

"It just never loosened back up again. I went back out and it just got progressively tighter,'' the golfer said, as quoted by the New York Post.

During the second round of the competition in Phoenix last Friday, it was reported that Woods made his career-worst 82, before his back even felt painful.

"It's frustrating that it started shutting down like that. I was ready to go. I had a good warm-up session the first time around and then we stood out here and I got cold and everything started deactivating again. It's frustrating that I just can't stay activated," Woods explained.

The golfer also said that he is feeling an entirely new sensation after he underwent surgery last year. "Usually, [I] don't have to wait like this. When I'm at home practicing, it's keep going, keep going. This is different,.' 

To describe the level of pain he is currently enduring, Woods said that it is his glutes or butt that is now shutting off and causing his lower back to feel painful. "I tried to activate my glutes as best I could in between ... but they never stayed activated.'' The problem, according to him, started while he was standing during practice.

This early on in the year, Telegraph said that his progress in his career "appears forlorn." It added that he needs to recover soon from his back pain as he will be joining in three weeks the Honda Classic which is a competition he must win to make it to the WGC Cadillac Championship in Doral slated to happen the week after.

Hopefully, Woods would be able to survive the challenge of those two fights despite his back pain for him to be able to reach the Masters which will earn him another opportunity to get a fifth green jacket.

The latest setback in the golfer's career is expected to be just a phase in his career which he can again overcome just like the previous ones. Woods has proven to the world that he can rise from adversities especially in his golfing career.

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