Tiger Woods: Injury Puts Golfing Great Back at Square One

Scott Semmler@@ScottSemmler22Analyst IIMarch 11, 2012

MIAMI, FL - MARCH 11:  Tiger Woods waits on the fourth green during the final round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship on the TPC Blue Monster at Doral Golf Resort And Spa on March 11, 2012 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Tiger Woods withdrew from the WGC-Cadillac Championship on Sunday after tweaking his leg and walking with a noticeable limp on the 11th hole, and it could be the last we see of Woods for some time.

Woods was three-over-par through 11 holes in the final round of Sunday's tournament before leaving with a reported left leg injury.

Forget the WGC tournament.  Woods' limp was evidence that this was no ordinary withdrawal from a tournament.  In fact, the limp looked a lot like the injury that sidelined him for a good portion of the last two years.

But is he back at square one with his leg injury?

We will find out.

But the injury is expected to be specified to include the left knee that has caused him so many problems over the years.

It is a shame, though.  Woods was just getting back into contention once again, with relevant finishes among the Top 10 of the leaderboards, with the media going as far as to say that there might be a rivalry between Woods and world No. 1 golfer Rory McIlroy.

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However, his limp walking up the fairways on his remaining holes was the same limp we saw before he regained his form, which we have seen over the past few months.

Golf was exciting again with him in the field, but it might be awhile before we see him tee it up in a relevant golf tournament.  

Judging by how annoyed he seemed to be with the leg while on the course, as well as in the parking lot when he was driving away, the instant reaction is that we may not see Woods before the U.S. Open in June.  That is, if the injury was as serious as it looked, which we can never be sure of, since he has yet to regain true vintage Tiger form since his past knee injury.

At Pebble Beach in early February, Woods said how refreshing it was that he could now practice freely without any hindrance of any injury.

Now, Woods is back at square one with his leg injury, while trying to compete against the best competition the PGA Tour has ever seen.  


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