Tiger Woods Withdraws During Final Round of the WGC - Cadillac Championship

By Carl Conrad

[DA DA DAAAAA] On this week’s installment of “As The Tiger Turns” saga, we will see the champion golfer withdrawing after hitting a tee shot on the 12th hole of the final round of the W G C Cadillac Championship on Sunday. Woods was actually carted off the course, in a scene more reminiscent of a football injury than one suffered on the golf course. By this point in Tiger’s life his leg problems are well known, but this has to be a devastating blow to the former number 1 golfer in the world. He had finally strung 2 tournaments together in which he played well. Just how bad the injury is and how much time he will be forced to miss are yet to be known.

There were warning signs that began popping up after he completed the front 9, as Woods changed his spikes at the turn due to the fact that he was feel discomfort. Then came the knee flexing and limping after his 2nd shot on number 10, which ended up in the drink. Finally, after completely annihilating a drive on the 12th hole, sending it 321 yards straight down the middle of the fairway, Woods and his left leg had had enough.

After the round, Woods told reporters: 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.”

This raises a whole host of questions as the durability and longevity of Woods. There have been questions about how his legs would hold up for quite some time, and the developments on Sunday at Doral are only going to exacerbate those questions. If Woods continues to experience this kind of difficulty with his lower extremities, when is it going to be time to hang up the spikes in the interest of preserving his health?

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