Tiger Woods breaks silence on Masters withdrawal and confirms injury diagnosis

Tiger Woods has revealed his disappointment at having to withdraw from The Masters, admitting he had no other choice after “reaggravating my plantar fasciitis”. Woods first suffered the injury at the end of last year, during his preparations for the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.



Speaking back in November, Woods admitted the “worst thing you can do is walk” and he had to “shut it down” to help his body recover. He had to use a golf cart on his return at ‘The Match’ alongside Rory McIlroy, but appeared to put his injury troubles behind him with a surprise appearance at the Genesis Invitational.



His main goal was clearly to be in top physical shape to compete at The Masters, although adverse weather conditions were always going to test his capabilities. The colder-than-usual conditions certainly affected Woods through the first round as he hit a two-over par and was spotted wincing after several shots



But worse was to come after making the cut by the skin of his teeth after play had been delayed until Saturday morning. The torrential rain continued into late afternoon for the start of the third round with Woods having just a couple of hours to recover from his earlier stint out on the course.

And his body was evidently not ready to handle the tricky conditions as he hit back-to-back doubles bogeys before play was once again suspended for the day. It left Woods potentially having to play 29 holes on Sunday and it wasn’t something Woods was prepared to do.


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