A withdrawal from the Northern Trust on Friday hours before he was to play his second round at Liberty National came as a surprise. He withdrew with what he said is a mild oblique injury, but he did not rule out playing in next week’s BMW Championship in Illinois.
He had showed visible problems while wincing when hitting some shots in Wednesday’s pro-am which he didn’t finish, choosing to be cautious. The stiffness continued to plague him in the first round on Thursday as he again was seen wincing on several tee shots.
Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg said that Tiger has been unable to put in the time and practice rounds necessary to remain competitive at an elite level. Steinberg said “If he had the same mentality, he had years and years ago, he wouldn’t be playing golf at all right now.” He quoted the following recent statement made by Tiger “He said it the other day, this is the new normal.”
“He appreciates the fact that he’s still out here,” Steinberg said. “To get back out here allowed him to win the Tour Championship. Allowed him to win his 15th major. He’s frustrated, but appreciative. He’s taking what his body gives him right now.”