Tiger Woods withdraws because of Achilles injury

DORAL, Fla. — Tiger Woods blasted his drive on the 12th tee, shook hands with playing partner Webb Simpson and then limped off to his car.

After mounting a late charge a week earlier at The Honda Classic, Woods withdrew Sunday from the WGC-Cadillac Championship at the TPC Blue Monster at Doral. Woods told a PGA Tour media official before he drove away he injured his left leg. He sent out a statement an hour after leaving the course.

“I felt tightness in my left Achilles warming up this morning, and it continued to get progressively worse,” Woods said. “In the past, I may have tried to continue to play, but this time I decided to do what I thought was necessary.”

Woods originally injured his left Achilles tendon during the third round of the 2011 Masters Tournament, when he hit an awkward shot from the pine straw under the Eisenhower Pine lining the 17th fairway.

Woods said he will get his Achilles injury evaluated within the next few days. He was scheduled to take off the Transitions Championship this week before playing at Bay Hill.

Now, there’s concern whether he’ll be able to play in the Masters, which begins April 5.

“It’s probably just precautionary, but I really hope he’s healthy for the Masters,” Rory McIlroy said, “because obviously it would be a great week with him there.”

Woods was limping after hitting hit his second shot into the water on the 10th hole that led to a bogey. He parred No. 11, hit his drive at No. 12, then told Simpson he was withdrawing.

Woods, opened with rounds of 72-67-68 and was eight shots off the lead of Bubba Watson.

Woods was 3-over in the final round with eight pars and three bogeys in his 11 holes on Sunday.

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