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Tiger Woods will play no further part in the 87th Masters.

The five-time champion has withdrawn ahead of a marathon Sunday as officials scramble to complete the tournament on time.

Woods, 47, had completed only seven holes of his third round on Saturday before play was suspended for the day due to inclement conditions. That left him facing the prospect of 30 holes on Sunday but many had doubts that he would continue after footage of him in significant physical discomfort was widely shared on social media.

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Around ninety minutes before the resumption of round three, Augusta National Golf Club confirmed that the 15-time major champion had pulled out, with Woods himself explaining the reasons for it in a follow-up tweet.

“I am disappointed to have to WD this morning due to reaggravating my plantar fasciitis,” he wrote. “Thank you to the fans and to @TheMasters
who have shown me so much love and support. Good luck to the players today.”

Woods has suffered with bouts of plantar fasciitis – an inflammation of a thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes – during his rehab from a car accident that almost claimed his life in February 2021.

This will be the first time in his professional career that Woods has failed to complete all four rounds at Augusta National.

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He did, however, make the cut, equalling Gary Player and Fred Couples’ record of 23 consecutive cuts made in The Masters.

The news of his withdrawal is sure to intensify speculation about his future.

Since returning from injuries sustained in the aforementioned car accident at last year’s Masters, Woods has played only four more times on tour. He withdrew after three rounds of the US PGA, skipped last year’s US Open, missed the cut at The 150th Open, and finished T45 at the Genesis Invitational in February.

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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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