Tiger Woods waits to hit on the 17th hole during the first round at the Hero World Challenge golf tournament, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, in Nassau, Bahamas. Woods is one-over-par for the round. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Lynne Sladky
December 02, 2016

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) Tiger Woods will be playing alone Friday in the Hero World Challenge.

Justin Rose, the only player with a higher score in the opening round at Albany, withdrew Friday because of a nagging back issue. Rose did not play the pro-am Wednesday and then opened with a 74 in the first round. Rose, the Olympic gold medalist, has not played since the Ryder Cup, wanting to rest his back.

Woods has the option of playing with a marker, a player not in the competition. That occasionally happens at the majors. The PGA Tour said he would be playing as a solo, meaning the round likely would take him no more than about three hours.

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