Tiger Woods withdrew from the Farmers Insurance Open in February after just 11 holes, citing a back injury that was caused by deactivated gluteal muscles that support his surgically repaired back.
However, Chris DiMarco, who lost to Woods in a playoff for the 2005 Masters, believes Woods was not injured at all.
“I think the reason he WD’d in San Diego is there was no back problem; he was embarrassed to be out there," DiMarco said on a conference call to promote Golf Channel’s Masters coverage. "He wasn’t doing anything good, and I think there was something wrong and he couldn’t take care of it.”
Woods was 2 over at the time he withdrew, part of an abbreviated round in which Woods hit several poor chip shots and demonstrating an inability to hit the driver straight with any consistency on a course where he's won eight times as a professional.
The 14-time major champion has not played since that Feb. 5 round, saying on his website on Feb. 11 that he wouldn't play competitive golf again until his game is "tournament ready." Woods flew to Augusta, Ga., on Tuesday to play a practice round at Augusta National, but has not yet announced publicly if he'll compete in the Masters.