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Tiger Woods is OUT of this week’s Hero World Challenge. 

The 15-time major champion’s latest comeback has been put on hold after he sustained a foot injury preparing for this week’s event in the Bahamas. 

Woods took to social media to reveal that he has developed plantar fasciitis in his right foot, which has made it difficult for him to walk. 

As a result, just 19 days after confirming he would play at Albany Golf Club, he has been forced to withdraw.

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“In preparation and practice for this week’s Hero World Challenge, I’ve developed platar fasciitis in my right foot, which is making it difficult to walk,” wrote Woods. “After consulting with my doctors and trainers, I have decided to withdraw this week and focus on my hosting duties.”

Woods’ place in the field has been taken by world No.29 Sepp Straka.

Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the plantar fascia, a part of the foot that connects the heel bone to the toes, and it is particularly common amongst long distance runners.

Symptoms include pain around the heel and arch of your foot. It can usually be treated with rest, ice packs and comfortable shoes. 

Woods added that he still plans to compete in The Match and PNC Championship in December. 

The 46-year-old former world No.1 has not played a competitive round since missing the cut at The 150th Open in July. 

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That was one of only three starts he has made since almost losing a leg in a car accident in February 2021.

Woods made his return to the game at the Masters in April, where he battled hard to make the cut and, ultimately, finished in a tie for 47th.

He then played in the US PGA Championship at Southern Hills in May but was in visible pain throughout and withdrew before the final round. He chose to skip the US Open at Brookline before missing the cut at St Andrews. 


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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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