Woods pulls out of opening play-off event with injury

Brooks Koepka is the favourite to win his first Fed Ex Cup title

Brooks Koepka is the favourite to win his first Fed Ex Cup title

Since winning the Masters in April, his 15th major victory, Woods has missed the cut at the PGA Championship and British Open and finished T-21 at the U.S. Open. Woods announced on Friday morning that he has withdrawn from the tournament due to a mild oblique strain.

Woods withdrew Friday from the Northern Trust, the first event in the FedExCup Playoffs.

Heavy rainfall in Jersey City throughout the day Wednesday caused enough damage in spectator areas at the Liberty National Golf Club - grandstands, hospitality venues, and tents, for example - that fans weren't allowed into the venue until 10 a.m. Thursday, according to ESPN's Bob Harig.

Tiger Woods withdrew from The Northern Trust on Friday with a mild oblique strain. "Just one of those things where I just didn't hit any good shots and didn't make any putts". His runner-up finish in the PGA Championship assured he could play all four FedEx Cup playoff events.

Woods is now 28th on the FedEx standings and is already guaranteed to context the event at Chicago's Medinah Country Club, where Woods won the 2006 US PGA Championship.

Even if he misses the cut on Friday, he is assured of advancing to next week's BMW Championship, but not to the season-ending Tour Championship, where he won previous year in a rousing performance that set the stage for his Masters triumph.

He said he is hopeful to play next week in the BMW Championship at Medinah, where he won two of his PGA Championship titles.

While Woods looked a pale shadow of his former self, recent world No. 1 Johnson was near his best, particularly towards the end as he reeled off four straight birdies from his 14th hole. Had to be 4-, 5-, 6-under par today. On Thursday, following the first round, he was asked about his back and said, "It's a little bit stiff, yeah, but that's just the way it is going to be".

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