With a clean harm scare, Tiger Woods has forged doubt on whether or not he can play in front of Melbourne fans whilst the Presidents Cup heads to Melbourne in December.
The 15-time fundamental winner as captain of the 12-man American team has shown he will do the whole thing feasible to end up an extraordinary gambling skipper at Royal Melbourne.
Both the International and American groups are comprised of eight qualifiers and four wildcards.
But on Friday (Saturday NZ time), 43-12 months-vintage Kinds of wood withdrew injured from the USA PGA Tour’s Northern Trust occasion in
Woods shot four-over-par 75 inside the starting spherical.
Woods’ first withdrawal from a match worldwide in view that he pulled out before the second spherical of the 2017 Dubai Desert Classic due to back spasms.
“Due to slight indirect stress that led to pain and stiffness, I have to withdraw from the Northern Trust,” Woods stated in an assertion.
“I went for treatment early Friday morning, but sadly I’m nevertheless unable to compete … I continue to be hopeful I can compete subsequent week on the BMW Championship.”
Woods is twelfth on the American crew’s Presidents Cup standings and could no longer make the 8 qualifiers finalized next week.
Although he has till early November earlier than the wildcards are selected, his time table won’t permit picking himself.
Woods may have full-size work at the BMW Championship to climb inside the top 30 on the FedEx Cup standings who qualify for the season-ending Tour Championship.
Should he fail to do that, Woods is simplest scheduled to play one more complete-discipline event between now and December.
Woods has simplest dedicated to a brand new US PGA Tour event in Japan in October. He will also tee up in his foundation’s 18-guy unofficial event within the Bahamas the week earlier than traveling to Melbourne.
Woods’ fitness and shape have step by step declined given that April.
Leading into the USA PGA Tour’s playoffs, he had best played four tournaments because he won the Masters at Augusta.
He overlooked the reduction in of these activities – the America PGA Championship and the British Open.
The Northern Trust is the second time this 12 months injury has prevented Woods from playing.
He pulled out of the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March – even though that become numerous days earlier than the tournament.
Meanwhile, Dustin Johnson sank an 8-foot birdie putt at the final to take a one-stroke lead over Jordan Spieth at the halfway point of the Northern Trust.
Johnson shook off an opening bogey to make 5 birdies as the world range shot a four-beneath par sixty-seven inside the afternoon at Liberty National to transport to 12-beneath for the match.
Kiwi Danny Lee is in a tie for forty-seventh at 3 underneath for the event after a -beneath par sixty-nine in his 2nd spherical.