The first round of the Players is well underway and the big news is that erstwhile Greatest Golfer in the World Tiger Woods has just withdrawn from the tournament. Woods completed the front nine in 42 strokes, a score that included several severely mishit pitch shots, before calling time on the round and shaking hands with his playing partners. He had been favouring his left knee throughout the round.
Aside from the furore surrounding Woods’ withdrawal, the day has so far been defined by the fine play of several of last week’s key performers, most notably Lucas Glover, Rory Sabbatini and Padraig Harrington, all of whom sit within two shots of lead. Another former World Number One, Martin Kaymer, also seems to be returning to some semblance of his early season form.
Update: Tiger has just confirmed that his withdrawal was due to a recurrence of his pre-tournament Achilles injury (a great surprise this is not). Apparently, he was never entirely sure he would be able to complete four rounds, which strikes me as a strange admission for a man notoriously careful about the rehabilitative process to make. I’m also contractually obliged to note that Steph (sort of) called this one earlier in the week!