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May 9 2010

7:52 PM

Bohn thought Woods injured wrist

Jason Bohn noticed that Tiger Woods was doing some warm-up exercises with his neck. But he'd only played with the world No. 1 a few times, so he didn't really know whether that was part of Woods' normal stretching routine.

Turns out, it wasn't. Woods decided to hang it up after he hit his second shot at the seventh hole from the native area to just short of the green. He spoke to an official, then came over to shake Bohn's hand and say good-bye.

"I thought it was his wrist because I saw him the hole before kind of hit a shot and jam his wrist," Bohn said. "But he said it was his neck, and he looked in a lot of pain. When I shoot his hand and said, 'Take care of yourself,' he kind of flinched a little. He definitely looked like he was in a lot of pain.

"... In golf, every little injury it's hard. When he said it was his neck, I was like, you've got to go. Just take care of yourself. Figure out what it is and make sure it doesn't turn into something terrible."

Bohn, who won the Zurich Classic of New Orleans two weeks ago, knows what it's like to fight injuries. He's had three surgeries to  repair problems associated with a fragmented disk in his back -- including one that nicked his spinal cord.

"I completely understand from an injury standpoint," Bohn said. "I was bedridden for 32 days. I couldn't lift my head above my waist. The second you seen somebody and they're injured I have complete passion for them. I feel like 100 percent you've got to shut it down and get it taken care of."

Bohn said that fans were lined up three deep along the fairways despite their 10:30 a.m. tee time. While he joked that he was surprised when the fans drifted away from his group after Woods withdrew --- "I thought they were there for me to be honest," he quipped -- Bohn said he knows how important his playing partner is to the game.

"I'm a little fish in a big pond, but I still get to kind of dip my hand in the pot," Bohn said. "I'm very grateful for what he does for our game. – Helen Ross

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