Only a week after Tiger Woods tore the course up with a final-round 62 and sent anxious fans into a flurry of "Tiger back!" claims, his high was kicked back into the sand trap when he was forced to leave the WGC-Cadillac Championship with a leg injury. His cart-assisted exit came on the 12th hole after spanking a 321-yard drive.
"I felt tightness in my left Achilles when I warmed up this morning and it got progressively worse during the day," Woods said in a statement. "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," Woods said. "I will get my Achilles evaluated sometime early next week."
Its no wonder he wants to be cautious after mild strains in his left knee and left Achilles put him out for four months last year. Tiger finished the tourney with a WD and was three-over-par for the day, six-under for the tournament. Justin Rose finished first at 16-under and newly appointed No. 1 golfer Rory McIlroy finished at 14-under. Although Woods exit was mostly a precaution, his chances of appearing in the 2012 Masters, which starts the first week of April, have greatly decreased.
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