Tiger Woods will not play next week at the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte because of an injury to his left Achilles' tendon and knee, according to TigerWoods.com.
Woods, who had been expected to play in the event, suffered the injuries during the third round of the Masters two weeks ago. Here is the official statement from his web site:
Woods suffered a Grade 1 mild medial collateral ligament sprain to his left knee and a mild strain to his left Achilles tendon while hitting a difficult and awkward second shot from the pine straw under the Eisenhower tree left of the fairway at No. 17 during the third round of the Masters.Woods did not say when he intends to play again, although before his injury he was expected to play the Players Championship, which begins May 12. Woods said he regretted not being able to play at the Wells Fargo Championship, an event he won in 2007.
Woods was able to continue playing at Augusta and then later decided to seek a medical evaluation. Doctors have advised rest and cold-water therapy, and soft tissue treatment will also occur later this week. There is no definitive time frame for healing, but Woods hopes to be back in a few weeks.
"I personally contacted tournament officials and expressed my regret in not being able to play," Woods said on his site. "This is an outstanding event, but I must follow doctors' orders to get better."
Woods has not played competitive golf since the Masters, although he did travel to China and South Korea after the tournament and conducted golf clinics while there.Throughout his career, Woods has struggled with injuries to his left knee. He has undergone four surgeries on that knee, most recently following his 2008 U.S. Open win at Torrey Pines. After that surgery, Woods sought treatment from Dr. Anthony Galea, who was later charged with unlawful distribution of drugs, including human growth hormone (HGH), to professional athletes in the United States. Woods acknowledged that Galea treated his knee, but Woods unequivocally denied that he received any illegal drugs. "(Galea) never gave me HGH or any PEDs. I've never taken that my entire life. I've never taken any illegal drug, ever, for that matter," Woods said at last year’s Masters. More on Tiger Woods: Special Section | Career in Photos | SI Covers (Photo: Jamie Squire/Getty Images) Tweet