Tiger Woods withdraws from Northern Trust with oblique strain

Tiger Woods has withdrawn from the Northern Trust due to an oblique strain, the 2019 Masters champion confirmed on Friday.

Woods carded a dismal four-over 75 in the opening round of the first tournament of the FedExCup playoffs at Liberty National on Thursday.

However, the 43-year-old will now have to focus on recovering for the upcoming BMW Championship after he was ruled out of the rest of the competition.

“I went for treatment early Friday morning, but unfortunately I’m still unable to compete,” Woods said in a statement distributed by the PGA Tour.

“I’d like to thank the New Jersey and New York fans for their support and remain hopeful I can compete next week at the BMW Championship.”

Woods has a history of back problems that he has previously described as his “new normal”.