Not exactly shocking news, but Tiger Woods has officially withdrawn from the 2023 Masters Tournament, before he could resume play on his third round Sunday morning at Augusta National.
Masters officials said Woods was withdrawing “due to injury” after he completed seven holes on Saturday, in his third round. He was 9-over for the tournament, in last place, after making the weekend cut on the number at 3-over.
“I am disappointed to have to WD this morning due to reaggravating my plantar fasciitis,” Woods said in a statement. “Thank you to the fans and to The Masters who have shown me so much love and support. Good luck to the players today!”
But that had also come after completing his second round earlier in the day, and you could tell with the cold and the rain, that Tiger Woods was feeling uncomfortable at best at the Masters. Television coverage showed the golf legend grimacing in pain, and noticeably limping around Augusta National in the miserable conditions.
The five-time Masters champion had shot 74-73 in the first two rounds, but was never really comfortable on the course. His making the cut tied the record for 23 consecutive times at The Masters. His only ever missed cut at Augusta National came in his second year as an amateur.
I am disappointed to have to WD this morning due to reaggravating my plantar fasciitis. Thank you to the fans and to @TheMasters who have shown me so much love and support. Good luck to the players today!— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) April 9, 2023
Play is set to resume for the remaining golfers at 8:30 a.m. today, with final round play expected to commence around 12:30 p.m. When the final round begins, players will go off in twosomes, but will split starts at the 1st and 10th tees.
Due to injury, @TigerWoods has officially withdrawn from the Masters Tournament after completing seven holes of his third round. #themasters— The Masters (@TheMasters) April 9, 2023