"I'd like to thank the New Jersey and NY fans for their support and remain hopeful I can compete next week at the BMW Championship".
Should he fail to do that, Woods is only scheduled to play one more full-field tournament between now and December.
Woods had complained of stiffness to his surgically-repaired back heading into this week's competition but claimed after his opening round that his 75 was purely down to poor play on his behalf, "It was just off".
Woods is projected to fall from 28th in the FedEx Cup standings to 34th and would therefore need a good performance in the BMW Championship, if he is fit enough to play, to climb back inside the top 30 and qualify for the Tour Championship.
A source told ESPN's Michael Collins that Woods arrived at Liberty National on Friday morning and received treatment from the tour's fitness staff; it was after that he decided he would be unable to compete and left with his longtime friend and assistant Rob McNamara.
And a decent finish appears to be anything but a sure thing for Woods.
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It was a weird run at the tournament for Woods.
Tiger's game is a far cry from where it was earlier this year when he took home his 15th major title by winning the Masters.
His front nine was marred by a three bogeys and a double bogey offset by a single birdie as he made his turn at 4-over 39 as he battled waywardness off the tee and a shaky putter when he gave himself scoring opportunities.
The lucky gust could make a difference by the end of the weekend.