Tiger Woods injury might cost him the Masters tournament if he doesn’t nurse his left Achilles back to full recovery. On Sunday at the Cadillac Championship Tiger Woods hit a 321-yard tee shot on the 12th hole when he had a painful expression across his face.
Tiger Woods shook hands with Webb Simpson and said to him, “I’ve got to go in.” That’s when he was driven off the golf course and to the parking lot at Doral and got in his black sedan and drove off.
Joe LaCava, Tiger Woods’ caddie, told him he changed shoes at the turn because the other shoes were aggravating his Achilles. According to Webb Simpson’s caddie, Paul Tisori, there were earlier signs with Tiger Woods injury. “I said something to Webb on the fourth hole, ‘It looks like he’s limping a little bit.’ He hasn’t been limping the last few months and he kind of had that for a while,” Tisori said. “Then obviously changing shoes at the turn I asked Joe and then the swing on 12 was definitely much different. It actually looked like he flinched. That’s the first time he showed true pain.”
He released a statement about his injury saying, “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. I will get my Achilles’ evaluated sometime early this week.”
Rory McIlroy, who was able to hold off Tiger Woods last week at the Honda Classic said, “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 golf that no one else can.”
“Tiger Woods has been the face of golf for the last 15 years. He can spark an interest in golf that no one else can. You know, it’s great to see him back in contention and as I said last week, I’d love to have a lot of battles with him coming down the stretch,” Rory McIlroy added.