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Woods is doubtful

New York: Tiger Woods, his back again in pain, has not yet decided if he can play in the PGA Championship starting on Thursday in Kentucky, his agent said on Monday.

The former world No. 1 withdrew during Sunday’s final round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational because of back pain and returned home to Florida for medical evaluation.

“Way too early. He has to rest and get treatment and then assess later,” agent Mark Steinberg said when asked if Woods would play in this week’s tournament at Valhalla in Louisville, Kentucky, where he won the 2000 PGA Championship crown.

“Pointless to make that decision now without proper time to give him best chance. Nothing further today, maybe (not) even tomorrow.”

Woods left Firestone Country Club in obvious discomfort on Sunday after hitting his drive on the ninth hole of the final round. He said he was enduring back spasms that had hit him on the second hole.

The former world No. 1, who has dealt with a string of injuries, was playing his third tournament since being sidelined for three months after having back surgery.

The setback put in jeopardy his chances of playing for the US in September’s Ryder Cup matches in Gleneagles, Scotland against Europe.

US Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson said it “doesn’t bode well right now” for Woods to be selected as a captain’s pick for the team.

“Tiger would be a great addition to our team,” Watson said on Monday.