Highlights | Round 1 | THE NORTHERN TRUST 2019

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The second round of the tour's first FedEx Cup playoff event opened with 15-time major champion Tiger Woods withdrawing with a "mild oblique strain". After the celebration with his family at Augusta, Tiger "just took a little breather", Couples said.

It marked the first time he has withdrawn in the middle of a tournament since the Dubai Desert Classic in February 2017, two months before he underwent spinal fusion surgery.

He's hitting it so well that he still leads The Northern Trust Open.

"They sort of went back and forth a little bit, and then.in a way, it came down to me and said, 'okay, are you comfortable telling us you didn't improve your lie, ' and for me, I am comfortable saying that". "Other than that it added up to a round that broke 80", Woods said. The only Playoff event with a cut after Round 2 will see 55 players eliminated after Round 4 with the top 70 in the FedExCup standings advancing to the BMW Championship.

The official reason listed is a "mild oblique strain that led to pain and stiffness", which could help explain why he struggled so much at the tournament on Thursday.

"You've still got to hit the shots and right now I feel like I'm swinging it really well".

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Woods has battled back from injuries, including a series of back surgeries, in the latter part of his career.

"The longer that time period is in between wins, it just makes it tougher", Reed said. Woods has said all year he would not play almost as much.

He says he hopes to be able to play next week in the BMW Championship at Medinah, where he won two of his PGA Championships.

Johnson birdied three of the last five holes, capped by an eight-foot putt at No. 18 to record a 36-hole total of 12-under. "To go out there with a 75 on the scorecard and play again just doesn't seem like it would be a smart move".

He returned this year to post top-20 finishes at four of the five tournaments he played before the Masters, where he won in a tense back-nine duel over the likes of Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson and Xander Schauffele.

Andrew Putnam also had a 64 and was at 9-under 133, along with Justin Rose (68). Woods was 27th in the standings, but will slide out of the top 30 and needs a high finish in the BMW Championship in order to defend his title in the Tour Championship. The 2019 BMW Championship is a PGA Tour event slated for August 15-18, at Medinah Country Club, in Medinah, Illinois.