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Woods withdraws from Players Championship

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla., May 9 (UPI) -- World No. 1 golfer Tiger Woods pulled out of the Players Championship Sunday after complaining of a neck injury.

Woods played just six holes of the final round, during which he made two bogeys and fell 12 strokes off the pace, and left the course after making two shots on the seventh hole.

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"I've been playing with a bad neck for quite a while," Woods said, adding that he didn't know what had caused the injury but suspected it happened before the Masters tournament -- his first event after returning to golf from a marital infidelity scandal.

Woods told reporters he is experiencing pain and tingling in the fingers of his right hand.

"They want me to go get (an MRI) on it next week," Woods said. "I might have a bulging disk. I've been playing through it. I can't play through it anymore."

Woods withdrew from a tournament for the first time since the 2006 Nissan Open.

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