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Citing Achilles tightness, Tiger exits WGC
By Mark Soltau / TigerWoods.com
Tiger Woods withdrew from the WGC-Cadillac Championship at the TPC Blue Monster in Doral, Fla., on Sunday with a left leg injury after completing 11 holes. He was 3-over par for his round.
“He had tightness in the left Achilles warming up and it got progressively worse as the round went on,” said his office in a prepared statement.
Woods, who was competing for the third-consecutive week, changed shoes at the turn and was noticeably limping on the 10th and 11th holes.
“After hitting my tee shot on 12, I felt it was necessary to withdraw,” Woods said. “In the past, I would have continued to play, but this time I decided to do what I thought was necessary.”
Tiger immediately sent regrets to the WGC, Cadillac and the fans for their support.
“I’ll get my Achilles evaluated sometime early next week,” he said.
Paired with Webb Simpson, Woods began the final round at 9-under 207, eight shots behind leader Bubba Watson. Tiger failed to birdie the par-5 first hole for the first time all week. In the previous two rounds, he made an eagle and two birdies. Sunday, he drove in the left rough, hit his second shot in the left fairway bunker, hit his third shot in the rough and escaped with par.