AKRON — Tiger Woods was stricken with more back pain Sunday and withdrew after eight holes at the Bridgestone Invitational. He struggled to even take off his golf shoes before being driven away to an uncertain future.
In his third tournament since returning from back surgery, this had the look of a serious setback.
Woods injured himself playing a shot from edge of a bunker on the par-5 second hole. With all weight on his right leg, he took an awkward slash at the ball, fell back toward the sand and landed with a thud, and kept jogging out of the bunker from sheer momentum of the steep drop.
“I just jarred it, and it’s been spasming ever since,” Woods told a PGA Tour official before leaving.
Woods kept playing, hitting a number of shockingly bad shots. He hit one into the water from the fairway on No. 3, coming up some 30 yards short of the flag. And on the par-3 fifth hole, his tee shot was 65 yards short of the hole. From a bunker left of the seventh green, he blasted out and back into the fairway and made double bogey.
He grimaced at impact when he hit a 315-yard drive into the left rough on No. 9. Woods slowly stooped over with his right hand on his leg, reached toward his back and slowly bent down to remove the tee from the ground. Moments later, he stepped into a cart and headed for the parking lot.
At his car, Woods could barely switch out of his golf shoes. His caddie, Joe La Cava, drove him away.
Bon Jovi wants Bills to succeed in Buffalo
CANTON — Jon Bon Jovi says his prospective ownership group wants the Bills to succeed in Buffalo.
His letter in The Buffalo News on Sunday marks the first time the rocker has publicly discussed his plans regarding the Bills. The team is for sale after owner Ralph Wilson died in March.
Bon Jovi says his group is committed to working with state and local officials to identify a new stadium site in the region. He says it’s his intention to “carry on Ralph Wilson’s legacy” in Buffalo.
Cooper rejoins Dream in limited role
ATLANTA — Coach Michael Cooper is rejoining the Atlanta Dream in a limited role for Sunday’s game against the New York Liberty, 10 days after he underwent surgery for tongue cancer.
The team says Cooper wanted to show his support for Atlanta’s “Dream Pink” game, which will include recognition of breast cancer survivors.
His duties are subject to a doctor’s approval. It’s not known if Cooper will accompany the team on a weeklong, four-game road trip that begins Tuesday at Phoenix.
The 58-year-old Cooper issued a statement thankingall his friends and fans for their support and says, “I am excited to get back to coaching.”
His physician, Dr. J. Trad Wadsworth, says Cooper is doing well and should make a full recovery.
Pirates sign Jayson Nix
PHOENIX - The Pittsburgh Pirates signed free agent infielder Jayson Nix before Sunday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Nix was released by the Tampa Bay Rays organization on Friday and also played for the Philadelphia Phillies earlier this season.
The Pirates optioned infielder Brent Morel, who went 2-for-2 with three runs batted in Saturday night in an 8-3 over Arizona, to Class AAA Indianapolis and designated infielder Dean Anna for assignment to add Nix to the 40-man roster.
Morel was 3 -for 16 in nine games with the Pirates.
Nix has played third base, shortstop and second base this season. He signed with Tampa Bay on May 17 and hit .274 in 54 games with AAA Durham.
Chicken dinner fundraiser at Columbus Grove
Zsportslive.com, along with Ted’s Market in Pandora, is hosting a chicken barbecue fundraiser before the Pandora-Gilboa at Columbus Grove football game Aug. 29. Dinners are $8 and include half of a barbeque chicken and two sides.
Orders can be made through a P-G or Columbus Grove cheerleader or by calling zsportslive at 419-235-0169. The chicken pick up will be between 5 p.m and 7 p.m. the night of the game. All chicken dinners are pre-sale only.