After nine holes on the first day of play at The Players Championship, Tiger Woods has had to withdraw from the Tour’s signature tournament due to mounting knee, Achilles heel and calf injuries.
Woods had not played competitive golf since the Masters Tournament. Just last week he was still in a walking cast to protect the knee that has endured four surgeries.
Tiger shot a 42 on the front nine before calling it a day and heading home. Tiger briefly spoke to the press outside of the trainers facility, saying that his knee first acted up, followed by his Achilles and subsequently his calf started to tighten up, “then I had a hard time even walking,” Woods said, “as I played it got progressively worse.”
Woods seemed to initially aggravate his knee teeing off on the fourth hole, then again on his fairway iron shot on the fifth hole, the injury domino affect took its course from there.
Woods had three bogeys and a triple bogey on the fourth hole ending his tournament at 6-over after only nine holes.
Woods had played only two practice rounds of nine holes each on Tuesday and Wednesday, it was the first time he had played on a PGA course since the Masters. On Monday Woods was limited to chipping and putting in preparation for one of the PGA’s longest and toughest courses on the Tour’s schedule.
Speaking to the press, Woods was uncertain about whether he could have done further damage to the knee or Achilles, and after the brief press conference Woods was in his Mercedes and drove out of the complex.