Tiger Woods has withdrawn from the 2011 Players Championship after shooting a six-over in his first nine holes, citing multiple injuries. Woods could never get anything going, firing a 42 on the front nine, and was clearly limping as he left the course. Via Jason Sobel:
Breaking news: Tiger Woods withdraws after nine holes at The Players Championship, citing multiple injuries after shooting 6-over 42.
It's the second straight year Woods has withdrawn from the Players Championship. Last year, he had a neck injury and did not play. This year, he has been suffering from a sprained MCL and an achilles injury.
The big question now is whether he will be healthy in time for the 2011 U.S. Open, to be held at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda in about a month. Prior to the Players Championship, Woods told Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post that he would be ready, without question. This latest injury, though, at least creates some doubt over whether Woods will ultimately play. It seems hard to believe that he would miss the U.S. Open, but time will tell.