Tiger Woods announced on Tuesday that he incurred an injury during the third round of the Masters, forcing him to skip next week’s Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow. First of all, it’s interesting Tiger called to apologize to tournament directors for missing an event that he hadn’t even entered. (Maybe he should have called The Heritage and New Orleans, too??) In more detailed reports of Tiger’s injuries, we learn he’s wearing a protective boot, according to the Charlotte Observer‘s Ron Green Jr. (I wonder if this boot resembles the one I sported?) And here’s this:
Mark Steinberg, his agent, said Woods made the decision to bypass the Wells Fargo Championship on the advice of his doctors after meeting with them again this week.
“They told him it probably makes sense not to play,” Steinberg said. “It’s very minor, but he’s listening to his doctor, and I’m proud to hear that.”
Steinberg said Woods has not played golf since the Masters because of the injuries and a trip to China. He said Woods hopes to play in The Players Championship in two weeks but will re-evaluate his condition next week.
Steinberg made similar comments to the AP’s Doug Ferguson:
Steinberg said Woods has been in a protective boot when he’s moving around and has not hit a shot since the Masters. He said Woods considered playing the Wells Fargo until Tuesday.
I’m sure we can chalk this mistake up to a case of semantics, but apparently Steiney forgot about Tiger’s post-Masters tour of China and Korea with his sponsor Nike. Pictures posted on Nike Golf’s Twitter and videos published online (like this one or this one, among others) clearly show Tiger hitting balls and playing golf.
Maybe “I’m injured” is the new code word for “I don’t feel like playing right now.”
Now Tiger probably couldn’t (and didn’t want to) bail on his commitment to his sponsor and disappoint the hundreds of junior golfers in Asia looking forward to visiting with him (it’s all about the kids!), but traveling across the world couldn’t have been good for his knee and Achilles.
Good news is Steinberg believes there’s a “reasonable chance” that Tiger will be healthy to compete in The Players Championship the week following the Charlotte stop.
In four starts at Quail Hollow, Tiger hadn’t finished worse than 11th until he missed the cut last year after shooting his highest 36-hole total. But who could forget?
(AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)