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Injured Tiger Woods Withdraws from Players Tournament

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Tiger Woods has withdrawn from The Players Championship after just nine holes and shooting an ugly 6-over 42 at TPC Sawgrass. Woods got threw only nine holes before leaving the tournament stating that the “minor” knee and Achilles injuries that kept him from playing and practicing since the Masters as the cause. It is the second straight year that Woods has had to withdraw during the PGA Tour’s signature event, but just the fourth time in his professional career that he has withdrawn from a tournament after starting it.

“Tiger looked like he was in pain today,” playing partner Matt Kuchar said after he shot an opening-round 69. “[It] looked like he was walking quite slowly, quite gingerly. He was just last to get to his ball every time.”

In last year’s Players Woods withdrew seven holes into the final round with a neck issue. It was just his third event after taking a month long break to deal with his highly publicized personal issues.

Woods has had four operations on his left knee, including a reconstruction of the ACL just a week after he won the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. It was there where Woods competed after having not played since the Masters, and it was later learned that he was playing with a broken bone in his left leg as well.

Woods said in an interview Thursday that he injured his left knee while attempting to hit a shot from pine straw during the third round of the Masters last month. He also injured his left Achilles later that day, but ended up shooting a 67 during the final round to tie for fourth place.

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