Tiger Woods Withdraws from PLAYERS, Nagging Leg Injuries Continue

David Kindervater@TheDGKCorrespondent IMay 12, 2011

Tiger Woods Withdraws from THE PLAYERS
Tiger Woods Withdraws from THE PLAYERSStreeter Lecka/Getty Images

Tiger Woods is a mess.

After missing over a month of tournament play with nagging leg injuries, Woods returned to competitive action at THE PLAYERS today only to withdraw after carding a nine-hole score of 42 at TPC Sawgrass.

I guess when you're using your golf clubs more to help you walk than to play the game, it's time to withdraw. But this ongoing ailment doesn't seem to be improving and his chances of participating in next month's U.S. Open—at least with a reasonable shot at winning—seems remote.

This is the second straight year Woods withdrew from THE PLAYERS. A knee injury sidelined him at last year's event as well.

Woods played a nine-hole practice round Tuesday and Wednesday. And he warmed up without any discomfort this morning. But then things got progressively worse.

"The knee acted up, then the Achilles followed after that then the calf started cramping up," Woods told PGATOUR.com. "I'm having a hard time walking."

This latest round of injuries stems from a costly but effective third round of the Masters Tournament last month when Woods suffered a grade one mild medial collateral ligament sprain to his knee and a mild strain to his Achilles tendon during an awkward shot at the 17th hole.

Things are going from bad to worse for Tiger Woods. His much publicized swing changes are supposed to ease the stress on his body. And produce championship quality results.

So far, neither has happened. And his future has never been more uncertain than it is right now.