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Tiger Woods hits out of a bunker on the second hole Sunday at the Bridgestone Invitational. He hurt his back on the shot and withdrew from the tournament after playing eight holes.

Woods' future uncertain after withdrawing from Bridgestone

AKRON, Ohio – Tiger Woods was stricken with more back pain Sunday and withdrew after eight holes at the Bridgestone Invitational. He struggled to even take off his golf shoes before being driven away to an uncertain future.

In his third tournament since returning from back surgery, this had the look of a serious setback.

Woods injured himself playing a shot from edge of a bunker on the par-5 second hole. With all weight on his right leg, he took an awkward slash at the ball, fell back toward the sand and landed with a thud, and kept jogging out of the bunker from sheer momentum of the steep drop.

“I just jarred it, and it’s been spasming ever since,” Woods told a PGA Tour official before leaving.

Woods kept playing, hitting a number of shockingly bad shots. He hit one into the water from the fairway on No. 3, coming up some 30 yards short of the flag. And on the par-3 fifth hole, his tee shot was 65 yards short of the hole. From a bunker left of the seventh green, he blasted out and back into the fairway and made double bogey.

He grimaced at impact when he hit a 315-yard drive into the left rough on No. 9. Woods slowly stooped over with his right hand on his leg, reached toward his back and slowly bent down to remove the tee from the ground. Moments later, he stepped into a cart and headed for the parking lot.

At his car, Woods could barely switch out of his golf shoes. His caddie, Joe La Cava, drove him away.

“It’s just the whole lower back,” Woods said. “I don’t know what happened.”

With the pain he showed leaving the course, it would seem unlikely that Woods plays next week at Valhalla, where he won the PGA Championship in 2000. That would mean his 2013-14 season is over, for he would have had to win the PGA to be eligible for any of the four tournaments in the FedEx Cup playoffs.

In six starts on the PGA Tour this year, Woods finished all four rounds only twice

Woods had back surgery March 31 to alleviate an impinged nerve, forcing him to miss the Masters for the first time and the U.S. Open. He returned after three months to Congressional – three weeks ahead of his own schedule – and reported no pain in missing the cut by four shots at the Quicken Loans National. He also reported no pain in four rounds at the British Open. He finished 69th, 23 shots out of the lead, his worst 72-hole result in a major.

Woods was 3-over par for his round – and 18 shots off the lead – when he withdrew at Firestone.

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