Tiger Woods Withdraws From WGC – Besides the controversial split from his now ex-wife, that kept him away from golf, Tiger Woods has been plagued with several injuries the last few years, and on Sunday at the WGC in Miami, he withdrew after becoming injured again.
The 36-year-old Woods seemed to have gotten back to being 100% by his own admission heading into this year’s golf season. However, in just his 5th tournament of the new season Woods had to withdraw from the WGC-Cadillac Championship being played on the Blue Monster at Doral this past weekend, during the fourth round due to an Achilles injury.
Tiger had commented, that after warming up on the driving range, he felt discomfort in his left Achilles. However, tied for 8th going into the final round Tiger tried to play through the discomfort.
After hitting his second shot on the par 5 10th hole, into the water, Woods looked to be walking with some discomfort. Then after hitting his drive on the 12th hole, and walking with a very noticeable limp, he sought out an official and asked for a cart to bring him back to the clubhouse, effectively withdrawing.
Woods then left, and shortly afterwards released a statement; “I felt tightness in my left Achilles warming up this morning, and it continued to get progressively worse. After hitting my tee shot at 12, I decided it was necessary to withdraw. In the past, I may have tried to continue to play, but this time, I decided to do what I thought was necessary.”
There is no word as of yet the severity of the injury or how long Tiger will need off. Last year at the Master’s, Tiger injured his Achilles and took a month off before returning to the Player’s Championship were he had to withdraw after 9 holes, because of coming back before being fully recovered.
Tiger is currently scheduled to play his next tournament at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Florida in two weeks.