Tiger Woods’ Status for Doral ‘Up in the Air,’ Could Lose No. Ranking

March 4, 2014
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Tiger Woods Tiger Woods suffered back spasms on Sunday before withdrawing from the Honda Classic. (Credit: Getty Images)

Tiger Woods is receiving treatment for his back after withdrawing from the Honda Classic on Sunday with back spasms, but his status for the WCG Cadillac Championship at Doral is “up in the air,” according to a text message from Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg to ESPN.
Woods is the defending champion at Doral, which has been good to him over the years. He’s won the event four times, but has not played the course since the Donald Trump-directed redesign last year. If Adam Scott wins this week and Woods finishes outside the top seven, Scott would take over the No. 1 spot from Woods.
After withdrawing from the Honda after 13 holes on Sunday, Woods said in a statement that he was having spasms in his lower back that started during his morning warm-up.
“It’s the same feeling I had as Barclays,” he said, a reference to the 2013 event in which he was in obvious pain during his swing and finished T2. After the Barclays, Woods did not notch a top-10 finish for the rest of the year.
Woods, who has yet to finish a 72-hole event on the PGA Tour this year, is scheduled to address the media on Wednesday at Doral.
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