Tiger Woods' season took another major hit Sunday in the final round of the 2014 Bridgestone Invitational as the star golfer bowed out of the proceedings on the ninth hole due to a back injury.
PGA Tour broke the news:
It also shared the video of the injury:
Woods entered the day tied for 37th and 16 shots off the leader, Sergio Garcia, at one over par. As is to be expected with the sport's most important player, the media chronicled Woods' departure from Firestone Country Club:
ESPN Stats & Info broke down his day before the unfortunate turn of events:
Woods himself explained the issue to Golf Channel's Jason Sobel before his exit:
Perhaps Woods was being a bit reserved in his effort to rush out of the area, but the first-hand reviews from those in attendance are not encouraging, to say the least.
GC Tiger Tracker had eyes at the scene after the tee shot on No. 9:
As Woods was packing the vehicle, Iain Carter of BBC Golf illustrated a chilling scene:
Grant Traylor of The Herald Dispatch shared his reaction to the news:
As far as Woods' immediate future is concerned, many—such as Doug Ferguson of the Associated Press and Jonathan Wall of the PGA Tour—seem to think this is the end of his season:
Of course, Woods himself shied away from any such questions, but especially those pertaining to the upcoming PGA Championship:
With the 96th PGA Championship beginning in Louisville Thursday, fans will know soon whether or not Woods is healthy enough to give it a go. They have to be hopeful considering Tiger has also missed the Masters and U.S. Open this year.
CBS47's Brent Martineau had a reaction to the news that likely spoke for a majority of the fans around the globe:
But perhaps the focal point of this recurring issue that has sidelined the 38-year-old superstar for much of this year should be on his long-term fortunes, as Golf Channel's Kelly Tilghman points out:
We will have a verdict on the event in Louisville soon, but given the year so far for Woods, a spot on the Ryder Cup team is very much in the air. As far as that goes, Ferguson points out that the team has now potentially lost two critical pieces when one recalls the issues surrounding Dustin Johnson:
Until more details are known, the world of sports once again awaits the return of Woods with crossed fingers and toes—much as it did just a few weeks ago.