Tiger Woods has withdrawn from a charity golf event set for two days before the U.S. PGA Tour playoffs resume because of a back injury.
Woods won’t play in the Notah Begay III Foundation Challenge at the Oneida Indian Nation’s Turning Stone Resort Casino tomorrow in Verona, New York. His place in the sixth edition of the event will be taken by Gary Woodland, the charity said in an e-mailed news release last night.
Woods had back spasms during the latter rounds of the Barclays, the first of four playoff events to determine the winner of the FedEx Cup and a $10 million bonus. Woods finished the Barclays in a tie for second place with three players including Woodland, one shot behind winner Adam Scott.
The Deutsche Bank Championship is scheduled to begin Aug. 30 at the TPC Boston. The field comprises the top 100 players in the FedEx Cup standings. Since Woods leads the points table, he has the leeway to skip the tournament and still be among the 70 players who go on to contest the third playoff event, the BMW Championship, which is scheduled to begin Sept. 15.
The playoffs conclude with the top 30 players contesting the Tour Championship from Sept. 19-22.