Tiger Woods has withdrawn from the $6.3 million Farmers Insurance Open at the Torrey Pines Golf Course on Thursday, citing a back injury. This is the third time in nine contests that Wood has had to withdraw.
He shot 2 over par through 11 holes and grasped his back a couple of times. He withdrew at the 12th hole.
“It just never loosened back up again,” Woods said. “And when we went back out, it just got progressively tighter.”
Woods was coming off the worst round of his professional career, an 11- over-par 82 Friday at the TPC Scottsdale course, causing him to miss the cut at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
A seven-time winner of San Diego’s tournament, Woods’ presence all but guarantees extra local and national attention on the event at Torrey Pines. He last won here in 2013, but missed the cut last year.
Another fan favorite, Phil Mickelson, struggled to a 3 over par through his first seven holes.
Thick fog on the bluff-top course delayed the start of play for about 90 minutes for most players, and weather forecasters predicted a chance of more fog for Friday morning’s second round.
The initial field of 156 will be reduced to the low 70 and ties following the conclusion of Friday’s second round.
The Saturday and Sunday rounds will be held on the South Course. The winner will receive $1.134 million. When the tournament was moved to Torrey Pines in 1968, the purse was $150,000, with winner Tom Weiskopf receiving $30,000.
— City News Service contributed to this story