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Woods withdraws in final round of Honda Classic

  • Tiger Woods loads a vehicle as he prepares to leave after withdrawing having played 13 holes in the final round of the Honda Classic golf tournament on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

    Tiger Woods loads a vehicle as he prepares to leave after withdrawing having played 13 holes in the final round of the Honda Classic golf tournament on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

  • Tiger Woods tees off on the third hole during the final round of the Honda Classic golf tournament on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

    Tiger Woods tees off on the third hole during the final round of the Honda Classic golf tournament on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

  • Tiger Woods tees off on the third hole during the final round of the Honda Classic golf tournament on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

    Tiger Woods tees off on the third hole during the final round of the Honda Classic golf tournament on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

  • Tiger Woods loads a vehicle as he prepares to leave after withdrawing having played 13 holes in the final round of the Honda Classic golf tournament on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
  • Tiger Woods tees off on the third hole during the final round of the Honda Classic golf tournament on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
  • Tiger Woods tees off on the third hole during the final round of the Honda Classic golf tournament on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

The road to the Masters got off to a bumpy start yesterday for Tiger Woods when he withdrew from the Honda Classic with what he said was a lower back injury.

Woods was 5-over par for the final round – 12 shots behind Rory McIlroy at the time – when he shook hands with Luke Guthrie on the 13th green and told him he was done. It was the farthest point at PGA National, and the tournament sent a van to collect Woods and his family.

Police kept the media from the parking lot.

“He just came over and said, ‘I can’t go anymore. It was a pleasure playing with you,’ ” said Guthrie, paired with Woods the last two days. “I just said, ‘Take it easy. Feel better.’ Pretty uneventful.”

Woods said through spokesman Glenn Greenspan it was a lower back problem that had started yesterday morning as he was warming up. He was to defend his title next week in the Cadillac Championship.

“Too early to tell,” Woods said in a statement about playing next week at Doral. “I’ll get treatment every day to try to calm it down. Just don’t know yet. Wait until Thursday and see how it feels.”

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