Discomfort in his left Achilles caused Tiger Woods to withdraw from the final round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship after hitting his drive on the 12th hole Sunday.
The golfer, who has been plagued by injuries in recent years, said he will have the injury evaluated early this week.
Woods, 36, appeared to be in some distress after hitting his second shot in the water at the par-5 10th hole at the TPC Blue Monster at Doral, where he was on his way to his worst finish in nine appearances at the venue.
He appeared to favor his left leg, and then after hitting a 321-yard drive at the 12th hole, Woods summoned officials and was escorted off the property with his caddie, Joe LaCava, on a golf cart.
Woods went to the parking lot and drove away with LaCava. Woods lives about 100 miles north of Doral outside of Jupiter, Fla.
He issued a statement about an hour after he left.
“I felt tightness in my left Achilles warming up this morning, and it continued to get progressively worse,” said Woods, who made three bogeys and no birdies during the final round. “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.”
Woods first suffered an Achilles injury at last year’s Masters and tried to return just over a month later at the Players Championship, where he withdrew after just nine holes. He later said that he caused himself a setback by trying to return too soon.
Poor Tiger hasn’t had the best of luck lately. Just goes to show you even champions and people who seemed to have everything also go through their ups and downs. Hope he is back soon! He is still young!