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The 2011 Players Championship BREAKING NEWS: Tiger Woods Withdraws From Tournament

After beginning his day +6 par for his first nine holes Tiger Woods has decided to withdraw from the Players Championship. Tiger has been struggling with both knee and Achilles injuries, and obviously they were still affecting his game.

This was his first start since the Masters, and has only played 27 holes total since his T4 finish at Augsuta National due to his nagging afflictions of his lower body.

“The knee acted up and the Achilles followed that, and then the calf started cramping up,” said Woods. “Everything started getting tight, so it’s just a whole chain reaction.”

Tiger’s first tee shot found the rough, leading to an opening bogey for the former number one player in the world, then twice found water on the fourth, eventually carding a triple-bogey seven. He bogeyed the fifth and ninth holes as well to finish the front nine with a 42, 10 shots off the lead.

“This morning, it felt fine during warm-up and then as I played it got progressively worse. [The doctors] said I could play. The more rest I get, the better it would be. I wanted to come back for it and play and unfortunately I wasn’t able to finish.”

Tiger also had to withdraw from the Players last year in the final round with a neck injury.

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