At the 10th hole on Sunday, March 12, 2012, in the WGC Cadillac Championship, Tiger Woods hit his second shot from the rough and into the water left of the green. It was immediately evident that he was walking with a limp after that shot. Woods played the front nine on Sunday wearing black shoes, changing to a pair of white shoes for the second nine. This could be a coincidence, or a sign that the injury happened earlier in the day.
It is well documented that Woods is recovering from leg injuries, including four major surgeries on his left leg, and this was the third straight week that he has played in PGA Tour events. After the end of the third round, on Saturday, he said that his leg "felt great". Certainly there did not appear to be anything wrong with his leg, or any other part of his body or game, just one week ago when he shot a 62 in the final round at the Honda Classic.
Tiger was driven from the TPC Blue Monster course to the parking lot in a golf cart. From there he got into the driver's seat of his car and drove off with his caddie by his side. He did not speak to the media, although the Golf Channel reported that he told them it was his left leg which was injured.
Tiger Woods was playing golf at a very high level this season, generating quite a bit of excitement that he may be returning to the form he once had as the most dominant player in the game for more than a decade. You can be sure there will be a great deal of media and fan interest in the condition of his leg in the coming days, and how this may impact his comeback.
During the writing of this article, it was reported on The Golf Channel that Tiger called to report he felt tightness in his achilles during warmups on Sunday morning, but decided to play anyway. He stated he could have continued and finished the round, but opted instead to withdraw and avoid any chance of further injury.
Woods was 3-over par for his Sunday round, 6-under par for the tournament, when he withdrew and left the course.
Harold Andrews has played golf for nearly 50 years (competitively and recreationally) and considers Jack Nicklaus the greatest golfer of all time.sources:
the golf channel television coverage
- Tiger Woods