Woods withdraws after 9 holes

Tiger Woods hits out of the rough on the second hole during first round play of The Players...

Tiger Woods hits out of the rough on the second hole during first round play of The Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., on Thursday, May 12, 2011. (REUTERS/Hans Deryk)

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Tiger Woods lasted only nine holes Thursday at The Players Championship.

After struggling to a six-over 42 on the front nine, Woods withdrew due to multiple injuries.

The 2001 Players champion sprained his medial collateral ligament in his left knee and strained his left Achilles tendon at the Masters. This was his first start since.

"The knee acted up and then the Achilles followed after that and then the calf started cramping up," said Woods, who also stated he started feeling pain on his first tee shot. "Everything started getting tight, so it's just a whole chain reaction."

Woods, who also withdrew from The Players last year, had three bogeys and a triple-bogey on the front nine. At the time he walked off, Woods was tied for last place with Stephen Ames.

This was the fourth time, as a professional, that Woods withdrew from a tournament. He also withdrew from the 1995 U.S. Open, when he was an amateur.

This marked the first time Woods failed to complete at least one round of a tournament in his career.

"The (doctors) said I could play. The more rest I get, the better it would be, obviously," Woods stated. "Obviously, it's a big event. I want to come back for it and play, and unfortunately I wasn't able to finish."

Woods is still winless since the scandal broke about his personal life in late 2009.


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