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Tiger Woods withdraws from The Northern Trust with an oblique strain

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Hours before his round two tee time, Tiger Woods withdrew from the Northern Trust, citing a “mild oblique strain” as the reason behind the withdrawal.

In a prepared statement released by the PGA Tour, Woods said

“Due to a mild oblique strain that led to pain and stiffness, I have to withdraw from the Northern Trust. I went for treatment early morning but unfortunately I’m still unable to compete.”

The 15-time major champion struggled throughout his opening round at Liberty National posting a four-over par round of 75 to leave him near the bottom of the leaderboard.

Despite his WD, Woods remains hopeful of teeing it up at next week’s BMW Championship.

“I’d like to thank the New Jersey and New York fans for their support and remain hopeful I can compete next week at the BMW Championship.”

Following his withdrawal Woods now sits outside the top-30 in the FedEx Cup standings, putting an appearance at East Lake for the Tour Championship in jeopardy.

 

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. JThunder

    Aug 10, 2019 at 9:37 pm

    If you want to know the other half of the story on his back issues, read the Vanity Fair article on his non-golf “regimen”. Plenty of stuff in there that will mess up your back.

  2. Dave r

    Aug 10, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    That’s what a 75 will do.

  3. Vince

    Aug 10, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    Matt Kuchar is a jackass….hee haw…

  4. Ryan

    Aug 9, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    The military style workouts have taken their toll on his body. Like Johnny Miller once said about him at the Players, “We are trying to figure out who puts the ball in the hole the least, not who bench presses the most”

  5. Christopher

    Aug 9, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    Tiger’s looked exhausted this year, I have wondered if his win at Augusta was a little gift from the golfing gods. If he wants to continue playing competitively I hope he can get back to reasonable health, but he doesn’t look well.

  6. shank

    Aug 9, 2019 at 1:22 pm

    Tiger will never be the GOAT as Jack is the GOAT and Tiger has ZERO chance of beating his records.

  7. Tom Morrison

    Aug 9, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    Good, Tiger Withdrew! Now maybe we’ll get to hear about, and see highlights of, the leaders instead of the media’s Woods infatuation.

  8. Tartan Golf Travel

    Aug 9, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    PEDs will take their toll. He’s too big for his small frame. Look at those chicken legs. Shame but I think his tile contending will be few and far between. He always has a chance at Augusta.

    • A. Commoner

      Aug 9, 2019 at 3:57 pm

      Tartan is right on. Best medical professionals (except for one past) attending and still one unexplained problem after another?

  9. 15th Club

    Aug 9, 2019 at 11:58 am

    I remember a good time when some golf fans — mostly younger fans who were primarily general sports fans and casual golfers — thought that Tiger’s aggressive workout regimens would allow him a golf career of unprecedented length.

    At the same time, I recall others — mostly older fans whose primary interest was golf only — saying that Tiger worked out like an NFL or NBA player, whose careers rarely last more than five or ten years.

    To me it is clear that Tiger has shortened, and not lengthened,his career in professional golf with his off-course regimen and choices.

    My only question now with Tiger is whether his career, which has paralleled the career of Jack Nicklaus in so many ways, will see his Masters win in 2019 be the equivalent of Jack’s Masters win in 1986.

    • Large chris

      Aug 10, 2019 at 4:54 am

      Well his first and last (so far) professional victories were 23 years apart. Pretty long career in any sport, including golf.

      • 15th Club

        Aug 10, 2019 at 9:02 am

        True! With 14 majors in one 11-year stretch, and 1 major in another 11-year stretch. A remarkable comeback, for that last win.

        Really a triumph over the damage caused by his previous regimen, and not a product of the regimen’s success. In my view.

  10. Duke

    Aug 9, 2019 at 11:45 am

    It’s like the Masters victory took whatever Tiger had left in the tank.
    GOAT

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (04/14/21): Callaway Apex TCB irons

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At GolfWRX, we love golf, plain and simple.

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball. It even allows us to share another thing we all love – buy and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a set of rare, limited edition, you need to know who to ask, Callaway TCB irons – the same ones being used by Jon Rahm on the PGA Tour

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Callaway TCB irons

This is the most impressive current listing from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

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This week, the PGA Tour is decompressing in Hilton Head for the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town, and GolfWRX was on-site Tuesday to spy a glimpse into the bags of some of the world’s top golfers. The field of 134 is getting ready to battle starting Thursday on the tight treeline Pete Dye designed course, for the $7.1 million purse with $1.28 million going to the winner.

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Hello, Hideki! Japan receives its second Augusta champion in eight days

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Hideki Matsuyama expressed great respect for the victory achieved last week by his countrywoman, Tsubasa Kajitani. Matsuyama understands well the bright-hot spotlight under which golfers from their country operate, and he has both benefitted from its warmth and felt its burn. Unlike Kajitani, Matsuyama entered the final round of this week’s Masters with a sizable lead, every reason to win and every opportunity to lose. Although he lost three of his four shots of advantage, Matsuyama held on to the one that mattered and became the first male major champion from Japan.

He did five things very well on Sunday, and we’re going to run them down for you in this summary of Masters Sunday, golf’s high holy day.

1. From Z to Z: In the beginning and the end, there was Zalatoris

By the time Hideki teed off, he had lost half of his lead. By the time he tapped in for bogey on the first green, he had given back one more shot. Young Will Zalatoris, Dallas native and former Wake Forest golfer, had started day four with a pair of birdies and had reached nine deep. Matsuyama addressed his ball on the second tee, knowing that momentum usually chose the chasers. He fearlessly ripped driver down the left-center of the fairway, giving him a look at the green in two. His approach was shy, in the sand, but his recovery was exquisite, and he converted the putt for a momentum-altering birdie. Zalatoris would play wise beyond his years, as he had all week, and would compel Matsuyama to make bogey at the last to preserve his margin of victory.

2. Make early birdies—and bounce back

Matsuyama followed his birdie at the second with a pair at eight and nine. He turned in 2 under par and opened up a needed gap as Zalatoris stabilized, and no others gave chase. Jon Rahm was making a move, and would ultimately shoot 66 to tie for fifth position. It wasn’t until he reached Golden Bell, the beguiling par-3 12th hole, that Matsuyama made another mistake. Fooled by the wind, he airmailed the green, landing in the rear bunker on the fly. He wisely played to the fringe, rather than risk a shot into Rae’s Creek. He took two putts for bogey but diverted the big number from his scorecard.

As he had done at the second, Matsuyama made a bounce-back birdie at the 13th. His drive was a bit right, and his approach went safely long and left. His surgical precision with a wedge brought his recovery pitch to a stop 18 inches from the hole. The birdie steadied his nerves, and he narrowly missed another birdie at the 14th. Although he would bogey three of his final four holes, double bogey or worse was never a possibility.

3. Hit greens and make putts—and avoid the sand

Over the course of four days, Hideki Matsuyama hit 13, 14, 12, and 11 greens in regulation. He saved his best putting for the weekend. averaging under 1.5 putts per green from Saturday morning to Sunday evening. When he missed a green, Matsuyama found a way to get the ball close for a saving putt, unless he found the sand. On the week, he was three of seven for sand saves. Granted, the miss at the 72nd hole wasn’t critical, but that still made him 50 percent. Given the size of Augusta National’s bunkers, and their placement, had he found more sand, Matsuyama might not be responsible for planning a dinner menu next April.

4. Ignore your playing partner (or, from X to X)

Did you think that Zalatoris was the only, late-alphabet challenger to Matsuyama? Playing partner Xander Schauffele made the day’s strongest run at the overnight leader. After moving from 7 under to 8 under at the second, the new X-Man imploded with bogey-bogey-double from the third to the fifth. As attention turned to other challengers, Schauffele regrouped and made birdies at seven and eight to re-enter the top 10.

As the back nine dawned for the final group, the Californian still wasn’t in the mix, until he chopped four more strokes off his score. Birdies at 12 through 15 brought him to 10-under par. Had he stayed there, he would have joined Matsuyama in a playoff. Alas, the winds of Berckman’s farm surged at the worst possible time, and Schaufele’s tee ball at the 16th ended up in Jones’ pond. Triple bogey ensued, and Schauffele finished in a tie for the third spot.

While the Xander firework show took place, Matsuyama persevered. In a hilarious video with Tiger, Jason Day, and Rory, teacher Hideki comments that “Japan is a modest culture, showing emotion and celebrating is not common.” Neither, it seems, is losing your cool and choking. Hideki simply didn’t choke.

5. When it’s your week, seize it

Unlike Justin Rose, who opened with 65 and never again broke par at the 2021 Masters, Matsuyama played his first three rounds under par, culminating with a pure 65 of his own. His third round was the only bogey-free round of the tournament until Jon Rahm matched him on Sunday. Matsuyama was on pace to join Zalatoris as the only golfers with four rounds under par until his late-round struggles resigned him to a closing 73.

What does all of that mean? It means that Hideki Matsuyama arrived in Georgia playing well. He parlayed his experience and his current form into a shot at the title, and then he simply out-played and out-witted the competition. Augusta National rarely reveals why a certain player won and a certain player did not. The results are what the history book says, so when your chance arrives, seize it. Like Tsubasa Kajitani had done eight days before, Hideki Matsuyama did on the second Sunday of April.

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