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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The five-time champion has withdrawn ahead of a marathon Sunday as officials scramble to complete the tournament on time.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.
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.
Tiger Woods. Painful to watch. 😬 pic.twitter.com/kMV9WxViQo
— McNeil (@Reflog_18) April 8, 2023
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.
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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