Tiger Woods is the Pied Piper of drama these days. He seems to find disaster at every turn.

The world’s No. 1 golfer pulled out of the Players Championship yesterday citing a sore neck after completing six holes. In the locker room, a visibly frustrated Woods slammed his golf shoe to the floor. He is expected to have an MRI later this week.

“I’ve been playing through it. I can’t play through it anymore,” Woods told reporters yesterday. “I might have a bulging disk.”


Woods, who hadn’t withdrawn from an event since 2006, was 2-over for the afternoon and 2-under for the championship. He had hit just one fairway before deciding to quit on hole No. 7, where his final drive found the trees.

He shook hands with playing partner Jason Bohn before leaving the course on a golf cart, continually flexing his right hand. Woods said he had first experienced the pain prior to the Masters, where he returned to competitive golf after a self-imposed break of five months.

“I’m having a hard time with the pain,” he said. “There’s tingling down my fingers, on the right side. They want me to go get a picture on it next week.”

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