Well, That Was Anticlimactic: Tiger Woods Withdraws From The Players
Citing a re-aggravation of the injuries to his left knee and Achilles that he suffered at the Masters, Tiger Woods has withdrawn from the Players Championship. Not that things were going swimmingly: Tiger chunked and hacked his way to a 6-over-par 42 on the front nine, so in a way, it was likely only cutting his tournament short by 27 holes.
While doctors cleared him to compete, he just couldn’t continue. Said Tiger (via the New York Daily News‘ golf blog, From the Bunker):
“I was just trying to draw that ball just a little bit. I pushed forward and it just didn’t feel good. The knee acted up and the Achilles followed after that and the calf started acting up. Everything started getting tight,” he said. “It was a chain reaction.
“They said I could play, that the more rest I got the better it would be, obviously. But this is a big event. I wanted to come back for it and play and unfortunately, I wasn’t able to finish.”
I’ll give Tiger credit for at least trying. He clearly understands the importance of the Players Championship and despite being nowhere close to 100%, he elected to give it a go, which is much more than can be said for Lee Westwood and Rory McIlory, and they’re healthy.
Tiger Woods withdraws from Players [From the Bunker]