Tiger Woods withdrew from the Cadillac Championship in Doral, Florida on Sunday due to soreness in his left Achilles tendon.
Tiger Woods made a statement after he left the course yesterday, “I felt tightness in my left Achilles warming up this morning, and it continued to get progressively worse. After hitting my tee shot at 12, I decided it was necessary to withdraw. In the past, I may have tried to continue to play, but this time, I decided to do what I thought was necessary.” According to CBS, Tiger Woods “was 3-over par in the final round at Doral, 10 shots out of the lead, when he hit a 321-yar tee shot on the par-5 12th hole, shook hands with Webb Simpson and left in a cart.” ESPN and other sports channels, while covering Tiger Woods’ abrupt absence, showed the golfer being driven in a cart to a black sedan and then driving off of the property.
Webb Simpson later commented on how Tiger Woods was playing, “I didn’t really notice anything. I wasn’t paying much attention, but it looked like he made a swing on 12 that really hurt. But didn’t say a whole lot. Class act. Shook my hand. Off he went.”
Rory McIlroy also commented on Tiger Woods leaving early, “It’s a shame because he looked like he was coming out this year, swinging it really well, playing good, getting himself into contention. It’s probably just precautionary, but I really hope he’s healthy for the Masters, because obviously it would be a great week with him there. He can spark an interest in gold that no one else can.”
Tiger Woods has withdrawn from a tournament twice before; most recently at The Players Championship last May after playing nine holes. CBS reported that Tiger Woods, “then took three months off to let his leg fully heal, returning at the Bridgestone Invitational. Woods said he wanted to make sure he wanted to make sure he didn’t come back until he knew there would be now more issues with his leg.”
Tiger Woods also apparently attracted a chunk of the crowds this week, and when he left, so did they. Webb Simpson said, “I was a bit weird. It went from one extreme to the other, from playing with all the people to playing with no people. I wasn’t playing too good, so I didn’t really care.”