When Tiger Woods bowed out of the Cadillac Championship at Doral March 11 due to pain in his Achilles, it was met with more skepticism than trust.
But the idea that Woods checked out of the tournament because he was not in contention and he just wanted to leave the course that Donald Trump is about to redesign is not likely. Woods has had a series of injuries over the years and another physical problem seems unavoidable.
Woods faced his first medical issue in 1994 when he had two benign tumors removed and scar tissue removed from his left knee, according to Golf Digest. He had another left knee issue in 2002 when he had fluid removed from an area near the anterior cruciate ligament. He also ruptured the ACL in his left knee while running in 2007. Despite that injury, Woods played on and continued to dominate the tour that year.
He had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee after the 2008 Masters and then had surgery on his left ACL again after winning the 2008 U.S. Open. He also had two stress fractures of his left tibia before rupturing his right Achilles in December, 2008. Additional health issues included inflammation in the neck, right ankle problem and a sprain of the medial collateral ligament of the left knee.
So, Woods has had a litany of medical issues, particularly impacting his left knee. That wince you saw in the final round at Doral was almost certainly real and probably a lot more painful than it looked.
Luckily for Woods, a medical exam revealed that the pain was not indicative of a need for additional surgery and rehabilitation. He should be playing in the Bay Hill Classic and then the Masters next month. However, if Woods' Achilles problem worsens, his ability to play in either of those tournaments or the upcoming major tournaments may be impacted.
The golf season appears to be a thrilling one with Phil Mickelson already having won a tournament, Rory McIlroy rising to No. 1 and Bubba Watson and Justin Rose putting on a great show at the Cadillac Championship. However, the excitement is palpable when Woods is also playing and in contention. A good golf season turns into a great one when Woods is at the top of his game. That won't happen if that Achilles injury worsens and Woods can't continue.
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