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Tiger Woods loads up his car after pulling out of the Honda Classic © AP
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Tiger Woods withdrew from the Honda Classic on Sunday citing back issues, the same ones that bothered him toward the end of 2013.

Woods was 5-over par for his round and at times appeared in distress when hitting tee shots and taking the ball out of the cup. He decided to withdraw following the 13th hole.

"It's my lower back with spasms. It started this morning during warm-ups," Woods said through a spokesman.

Woods is scheduled to play this week's WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral, where he is the defending champion. He has a Tuesday news conference scheduled.

"Regarding Doral, it's too early to tell," he said. "I'll get treatment every day to try and calm it down. I don't know yet. We'll see how I am, wait until Thursday and see how it feels."

Woods said through spokesman Glenn Greenspan that it was the "same feeling" as occurred at the Barclays last August. During the final round, Woods hit a shot on the back nine and fell to the ground in pain. He finished the round, but had issues throughout the rest of the FedEx Cup play-offs.

Woods shot 65 on Saturday to move into a tie for 17th but was in poor form throughout the holes he played on Sunday.

He made a bogey at the second hole, hit a horrible drive at the third that led to a double bogey, then made a bogey at the fourth and the sixth holes. His only birdie came at the par-3 seventh.

He added another bogey at the ninth to shoot 40 on the front side, then made all pars through the 13th hole before deciding to withdraw.

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