Woods out due to knee injury

U.S. golfer Tiger Woods meets students of Beijing Sports University in Beijing April 13, 2011. ...

U.S. golfer Tiger Woods meets students of Beijing Sports University in Beijing April 13, 2011. (REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic)

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WINDERMERE, Fla. -- Tiger Woods announced on Tuesday that he will miss the Wells Fargo Championship from May 5-8 because of a minor knee injury.

Woods suffered a Grade 1 mild sprain to the MCL in his left knee and a mild strain to his left Achilles' tendon during the third round of the Masters. He continued playing and finished tied for fourth behind champion Charl Schwartzel.

Following the tournament, Woods sought a medical opinion, and doctors prescribed rest, cold-water therapy and soft tissue treatment. There is no timetable for his return, but he is expected to be healthy in a few weeks.

"I personally contacted tournament officials and expressed my regret in not being able to play," Woods said in a statement on his personal website. "This is an outstanding event, but I must follow doctors' orders to get better."

Woods underwent surgery to repair the ACL in his left knee nearly three years ago following an impressive victory at the 2008 U.S. Open, his last major win. He is currently in the longest winless drought of his career, with his last victory coming in November 2009 at the JBWere Masters in Australia.


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