AUGUSTA, Ga. — Tiger Woods withdraw on Sunday from the Masters Tournament, where he was in last place and openly struggling to overcome the agony of years of injuries.
Augusta National Golf Club announced Woods’s withdrawal 75 minutes before the resumption of the third round, which was suspended Saturday because of bad weather. Woods had completed seven holes of the round and was six over par, bringing his tournament scorer to nine he ad af made his 23rd consecutive Masters cut, tying a record shared by Fred Couples and Gary Player.
In a post on Twitter On Sunday morning, after Augusta National’s announcement, Woods attributed his withdrawal to “reaggravating my plantar fasciitis,” a condition he has dealt with for months.
Woods’s decision marked the second time in less than a year that he withdraw from a major tournament. Last May, he left the PGA Championship after the third round, when he had shot a nine-over-par 79. He skipped the US Open and then missed the cut at the British Open.
Although Woods, 47, has long grappled with injuries, he has especially struggled since a car wreck in February 2021 that nearly cost him a leg. He made his return to tournament golf at the Masters last April, when he finished 47th, and has repeatedly said he expects to enter only a handful of events each year.
“It has been tough and will always be tough,” Woods said on Tuesday at Augusta National, where he has won the Masters five times, most recently in 2019. “The ability and endurance of what my leg will do going forward will never be the same. I understand that. That’s why I can’t prepare and play as many tournaments as I like, but that’s my future and that’s OK. I’m OK with that.”
For Woods, whose wreck left him with open fractures of the tibia and fibula of his right leg, the challenge of the last year in golf has been less about his swing and more about the rigors of walking 72 holes over four days, especially at a notoriously hilly course like Augusta National. After he missed the cut at St. Andrews in July, he said it had been “hard just to walk and play 18 holes.”
“People have no idea what I have to go through and the hours of the work on the body, pre and post, each and every single day to do what I just did,” he said after his British Open ended. Later in 2022, he said, without disclosing more details, that his year had included undergoing “a few more procedures because of playing.”
Although poor weather has forced three suspensions of play during this Masters, tournament officials hoped to complete the competition on Sunday, with the final round scheduled to begin at 12:30 pm Eastern time. When Augusta National announced Woods’s withdrawal, bringing to the Master With 53 players, Brooks Koepka held a four-stroke lead over Jon Rahm. They were on the seventh hole when play ended on Saturday.