1) Upon further review, it was the RIGHT Achilles Tiger kept injuring in 2009. This is the LEFT one that is hurt now.
2) Doug Ferguson of the AP spoke to Tiger’s agent Mark Steinberg and according to Steinberg there’s a “reasonable chance” Tiger will play The Players, three weeks from Thursday.
Tiger Woods grimaced after hitting his second shot to the 18th hole on Sunday at The Masters. I said to my parents at least twice in that moment: Tiger’s hurt. This is not emotional pain — Tiger is physically hurt.
Today Tiger announced on his website that yes, he is indeed hurt, and will miss next week’s Wells Fargo Championship:
Tiger Woods announced Tuesday that he will miss the Wells Fargo Championship because of a minor injury.
Woods suffered a Grade 1 mild medial collateral ligament sprain to his left knee and a mild strain to his left Achilles tendon while hitting a difficult and awkward second shot from the pine straw under the Eisenhower tree left of the fairway at No. 17 during the third round of the Masters. Woods was able to continue playing at Augusta and then later decided to seek a medical evaluation.
Doctors have advised rest and cold-water therapy, and soft tissue treatment will also occur later this week. There is no definitive time frame for healing, but Woods hopes to be back in a few weeks.
“I personally contacted tournament officials and expressed my regret in not being able to play,” Woods said. “This is an outstanding event, but I must follow doctors’ orders to get better.”
Tiger’s next scheduled event would be The Players Championship, which is the week after Wells Fargo. That appears to possibly be in doubt.
Remember, Tiger played much of 2009 with an Achilles he kept tearing and re-tearing as the year went on.
Long term, I have no idea what this means for Tiger but swing changes or no swing chances, Tiger’s greatest hindrance to getting to 19 majors could very well be his health.
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