Tiger Woods began the final round at The Barclays within striking distance of the lead but after a painful swing as he played the 13th hole at Liberty National it briefly seemed uncertain if he would even be able to finish the back nine.

After taking his second shot on the par-5 13th, Woods dropped in pain. The shot went wildly to the left, dropping in a water hazard on the course in Jersey City. Despite his clear discomfort, the 37-year-old got to his feet and trudged after his errant shot. After a drop, Woods would bogey the hole, leaving him two shots off the lead at the time, via Golfweek's Tiger Tracker.

Woods first complained of a sore back on Wednesday after he cut his pro-am short. At the time, Woods told reporters that a soft bed at his hotel had been the cause of the discomfort in his back and neck.

"It was stiff this morning after a soft bed," Woods told reporters on Wednesday. "Just one of those things, sleeping in hotels and I didn't want to push it, so just took it easy."

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    JERSEY CITY, NJ - AUGUST 25: Gary Woodland of the United States watches his tee shot on the third hole during the final round of The Barclays at Liberty National Golf Club on August 25, 2013 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

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    JERSEY CITY, NJ - AUGUST 25: Tiger Woods of the United States reacts after missing a putt on the 12th hole during the final round of The Barclays at Liberty National Golf Club on August 25, 2013 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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    JERSEY CITY, NJ - AUGUST 25: Phil Mickelson of the United States discusses his tee shot on the 16th hole with is caddie, Jim 'Bones' Mackay, during the final round of The Barclays at Liberty National Golf Club on August 25, 2013 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

  • The Barclays - Final Round

    JERSEY CITY, NJ - AUGUST 25: Tiger Woods of the United States reacts after missing a putt on the 12th hole during the final round of The Barclays at Liberty National Golf Club on August 25, 2013 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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    JERSEY CITY, NJ - AUGUST 25: Adam Scott of Australia lines up a putt on the 17th hole during the final round of The Barclays at Liberty National Golf Club on August 25, 2013 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images)

  • The Barclays - Final Round

    JERSEY CITY, NJ - AUGUST 25: Tiger Woods of the United States reacts after missing a putt on the 12th hole during the final round of The Barclays at Liberty National Golf Club on August 25, 2013 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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    JERSEY CITY, NJ - AUGUST 25: Justin Rose of England watches his tee shot on the 16th hole during the final round of The Barclays at Liberty National Golf Club on August 25, 2013 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images)

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    JERSEY CITY, NJ - AUGUST 25: Justin Rose of England hits out of a bunker on the 16th hole during the final round of The Barclays at Liberty National Golf Club on August 25, 2013 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images)

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    JERSEY CITY, NJ - AUGUST 25: Adam Scott of Australia putts on the 17th hole during the final round of The Barclays at Liberty National Golf Club on August 25, 2013 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images)

  • The Barclays - Final Round

    JERSEY CITY, NJ - AUGUST 25: Adam Scott of Australia tees off on the 17th hole during the final round of The Barclays at Liberty National Golf Club on August 25, 2013 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images)

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    JERSEY CITY, NJ - AUGUST 25: Phil Mickelson of the United States watches his tee shot on the 16th tee during the final round of The Barclays at Liberty National Golf Club on August 25, 2013 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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    JERSEY CITY, NJ - AUGUST 25: Matt Kuchar of the United States watches his tee shot on the third hole during the final round of The Barclays at Liberty National Golf Club on August 25, 2013 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images)

  • The Barclays - Final Round

    JERSEY CITY, NJ - AUGUST 25: Tiger Woods of the United States watches his tee shot on the second tee during the final round of The Barclays at Liberty National Golf Club on August 25, 2013 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images)

  • The Barclays - Final Round

    JERSEY CITY, NJ - AUGUST 25: Adam Scott of Australia tees off on the 17th hole during the final round of The Barclays at Liberty National Golf Club on August 25, 2013 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images)

  • The Barclays - Final Round

    JERSEY CITY, NJ - AUGUST 25: Adam Scott of Australia tees off on the 17th hole during the final round of The Barclays at Liberty National Golf Club on August 25, 2013 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images)

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    JERSEY CITY, NJ - AUGUST 25: Jordan Spieth of the United States watches his tee shot on the second hole during the final round of The Barclays at Liberty National Golf Club on August 25, 2013 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images)

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    JERSEY CITY, NJ - AUGUST 25: Bryce Molder of the United States watches his tee shot on the 14th hole during the final round of The Barclays at Liberty National Golf Club on August 25, 2013 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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    JERSEY CITY, NJ - AUGUST 25: Phil Mickelson of the United States hits from the fairway on the 15th hole during the final round of The Barclays at Liberty National Golf Club on August 25, 2013 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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    JERSEY CITY, NJ - AUGUST 25: Matt Kuchar of the United States chips on the second hole during the final round of The Barclays at Liberty National Golf Club on August 25, 2013 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images)

  • The Barclays - Final Round

    JERSEY CITY, NJ - AUGUST 25: Phil Mickelson of the United States discusses his tee shot on the 16th hole with is caddie, Jim 'Bones' Mackay, during the final round of The Barclays at Liberty National Golf Club on August 25, 2013 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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    JERSEY CITY, NJ - AUGUST 25: Kevin Chappell of the United States watches his tee shot on the second hole during the final round of The Barclays at Liberty National Golf Club on August 25, 2013 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images)

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    JERSEY CITY, NJ - AUGUST 25: Kevin Chappell of the United States watches his tee shot on the second hole during the final round of The Barclays at Liberty National Golf Club on August 25, 2013 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images)

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    JERSEY CITY, NJ - AUGUST 25: Adam Scott of Australia looks on after missing a birdie putt on the 17th green during the final round of The Barclays at Liberty National Golf Club on August 25, 2013 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images)

  • The Barclays - Final Round

    JERSEY CITY, NJ - AUGUST 25: Matt Kuchar of the United States watches his tee shot on the second hole during the final round of The Barclays at Liberty National Golf Club on August 25, 2013 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images)

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    JERSEY CITY, NJ - AUGUST 25: Bubba Watson of the United States tees off on the second hole during the final round of The Barclays at Liberty National Golf Club on August 25, 2013 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images)

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    JERSEY CITY, NJ - AUGUST 25: Gary Woodland of the United States watches his tee shot on the second hole during the final round of The Barclays at Liberty National Golf Club on August 25, 2013 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images)

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    JERSEY CITY, NJ - AUGUST 25: Kevin Streelman of the United States watches his tee shot on the second tee during the final round of The Barclays at Liberty National Golf Club on August 25, 2013 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images)

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    JERSEY CITY, NJ - AUGUST 25: Kevin Streelman of the United States watches his tee shot on the second tee during the final round of The Barclays at Liberty National Golf Club on August 25, 2013 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images)

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    JERSEY CITY, NJ - AUGUST 25: Tiger Woods of the United States lines up a putt on the 10th green during the final round of The Barclays at Liberty National Golf Club on August 25, 2013 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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    JERSEY CITY, NJ - AUGUST 25: Bubba Watson of the United States tees off on the second hole during the final round of The Barclays at Liberty National Golf Club on August 25, 2013 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images)

  • The Barclays - Final Round

    JERSEY CITY, NJ - AUGUST 25: Phil Mickelson of the United States watches his tee shot on the 14th hole during the final round of The Barclays at Liberty National Golf Club on August 25, 2013 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

  • The Barclays - Final Round

    JERSEY CITY, NJ - AUGUST 25: Tiger Woods of the United States watches his tee shot on the second tee during the final round of The Barclays at Liberty National Golf Club on August 25, 2013 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images)

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    JERSEY CITY, NJ - AUGUST 25: Lee Westwood of England watches his tee shot on the 15th tee during the final round of The Barclays at Liberty National Golf Club on August 25, 2013 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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    JERSEY CITY, NJ - AUGUST 25: Jason Dufner of the United States watches his tee shot on the 15th hole during the final round of The Barclays at Liberty National Golf Club on August 25, 2013 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

  • The Barclays - Final Round

    JERSEY CITY, NJ - AUGUST 25: Phil Mickelson of the United States watches his tee shot on the 14th hole during the final round of The Barclays at Liberty National Golf Club on August 25, 2013 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)


Despite the apparent pain on Sunday, Woods finished strong and nearly forced a playoff. After birdies on 16 and 17, Woods had a birdie putt on 18 that would have forced a playoff with clubhouse leader Adam Scott. With the crowd roaring for extra golf, Woods' putt came up just an inch shy of the hole. Scott would hold on to win.

"I felt great until that tee shot at 12," Woods told ESPN after finishing at 10-under for the tournament. "I was perfectly fine. I was playing pretty good, and I was hanging right there and at the time Kevin Chappell just made double at 11, and I was only one back."

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