Tiger Woods pulls out of Masters due to injury

Tiger Woods announced on Sunday that he has withdrawn from the Masters due to injury.

Woods wrote on Twitter that his plantar fasciitis has worsened.

«Disappointed to have to do WD this morning due to worsening plantar fasciitis,» Woods tweeted. «Thank you to the fans and @TheMasters who have shown me so much love and support. Good luck to the players today!»

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Woods was in the middle of the third round. The retirement ends his streak of completing all 72 holes in every tournament he has played at Augusta National as a professional.

The tournament announced about 90 minutes before Sunday’s game that Woods had withdrawn. The legendary golfer is still feeling the effects of the 2021 Los Angeles car accident in which doctors nearly amputated his leg.

Tiger Woods lines up a putt on the 16th hole during the weather-delayed second round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on Saturday, April 8, 2023. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

Woods made the cut even as he battled injury, cold and rain. He extended his Masters streak to 23 straight cuts as he finished 3-over-par. He is tied with Fred Couples and Gary Players.

As the third round began, Woods didn’t start very well. He had a bogey on the 10th hole and added another on the 14th. He then had back-to-back double bogeys after hitting the water on the 15th and 16th holes.

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With the rain still falling and play suspended, Woods was 9 over par and 22 shots behind Brooks Koepka.

Tiger Woods watches his tee shot at the Masters on Friday, April 7, 2023, in Augusta, Georgia.

Tiger Woods watches his tee shot at the Masters on Friday, April 7, 2023, in Augusta, Georgia. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

«I’ve always liked this golf course and I love playing this event,» Woods said after the second round. «Obviously I’ve missed a couple with some injuries, but I’ve always wanted to play here. I love it.»

Woods had finished all four rounds last year.

He talked about his mobility again before the tournament started.

«Yes, the mobility is not where I would like it to be,» he said. «I’ve told you before, I’m very lucky to have this leg, it’s mine. Yes, it’s been altered and there’s some hardware there, but it’s still mine. It’s been hard and always will be.» The capacity and resistance of what my leg will do in the future will never be the same.

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Tiger Woods walks on the 18th hole during the weather delayed second round of the Masters on Saturday, April 8, 2023.

Tiger Woods walks on the 18th hole during the weather delayed second round of the Masters on Saturday, April 8, 2023. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

«That’s why I can’t prepare and play as many tournaments as I want, but that’s my future, and that’s fine. I’m fine with that.»

Associated Press contributed to this report.