Just when it looked as though Tiger was rounding into form, more injury issues. Tiger was feeling discomfort in his left achilles during his round at Doral, took a bad swing on his 12th tee shot and cut his round short.
“I felt tightness in my left Achilles warming up this morning, and it continued to get progressively worse,” Woods said 90 minutes later through his publicist. “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.”
From his playing partner, Webb Simpson:
“He just said, ‘I’m done,” Simpson, with his baby in his arms, told reporters afterward. “I wasn’t paying much attention, but it looked like he made a swing on 12 that really hurt. But didn’t say a whole lot. Class act. Shook my hand. Off he went…maybe his heel was bothering him or something, something with his foot…but we didn’t talk or anything so I’m not sure exactly what it was.”
Tiger has had four surgeries on his left knee and withdrawn himself mid-round three times in the last three years. He will have the injury evaluated this week. The only greater grimaces than his, will be from those with a financial stake in the PGA Tour.
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