Tiger withdraws from the final round of The Honda Classic after 13 holes on Sunday, citing back spasms.

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Tiger withdraws from the final round of The Honda Classic after 13 holes on Sunday, citing back spasms.

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Tiger Woods withdrew from the final round of The Honda Classic after 13 holes on Sunday, citing back spasms.

He was 5 over on the day and even par for the tournament when he pulled out.

"It's my lower back with spasms," Woods said in a statement. "It started this morning warming up."

Woods' status for next week's World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, where he is the defending champion, is unknown.

"It's too early to tell," he said. "I need treatment every day until Thursday to try to calm it down. We'll see how it is.

"It's the same feeling I had as Barclays."

Woods was able to finish that tournament last fall, eventually tying for finishing second. He was 12 shots off the lead when he withdrew at PGA National.

A day after shooting 65 for his lowest round on TOUR in 18 months, Woods left the course having still not finished a Sunday on TOUR this year. He tied for 80th after missing the secondary cut at the Farmers Insurance Open in his only other start.

It also marked the second consecutive year the No. 1 player in the world didn't finish The Honda Classic. A year ago, Rory McIlroy walked off the course in the middle of the second round.

Woods struggled from the start on Sunday, making bogey on the second hole before making a mess of the reachable par-5 third, where he hit into a hazard and eventually made double.

He made three more bogeys over his next six holes to go out in 40. Woods then parred his next four holes before pulling out.

It's the seventh time in Woods' career and fourth time in the last five years that he has withdrawn from a tournament, the last coming in the final round of the 2012 WGC-Cadillac Championship when he pulled out after 12 holes because of an Achilles injury.

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Hard to say...

Hard to say...

Tiger has had numerous injury issues through the years, knees, back, wrists. So seeing him WD isn't anything shocking. But I wonder if he was in real contention on Sunday, would he have chosen to play? Clearly he has to make the decision thinking ahead to his career and next week, etc, you don't want to play and make an injury worse. But seems like he chooses the Sunday WD a little more frequently than most players.

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So I see he's playing this

So I see he's playing this week. He was 2 over before they suspended the round due to darkness. Not putting well.

Let's see if he's got himself physically ready to play.

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