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Tiger Woods leaves course because of back pain

Tiger Woods was stricken with more back pain Sunday and withdrew after eight holes at the Bridgestone Invitational. In his third tournament since returning from back surgery, Woods hit a number of shockingly bad shots in the fourth round at Firestone in Akron, Ohio. After missing the fairway on the ninth hole, he grimaced and reached toward his back. Moments later, he was driven off the course in a cart. “I just jarred it, and it’s been spasming ever since,” Woods told a PGA Tour official. The 38-year-old injured himself playing an akward shot from the edge of a bunker on the second hole. Woods had surgery March 31 and returned June 26 at Congressional. He had reported no problems with his back since returning. This is the second time this year Woods has withdrawn in the middle of a final round. – AP

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