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Tiger Woods withdraws from The Masters as brutal clip of golf legend sparks fresh concerns

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Tiger Woods has officially withdrawn from The Masters after limping through the first few holes of his third round on Saturday. The 15-time major had made the cut by the skin of his teeth on Saturday despite finishing three-over through 36 holes.

He only had a few hours to recover from playing the remainder of his second round before the third round got underway. Woods had already shown signs that the inclement weather throughout Augusta was having a bad effect on his body with the golfing icon seen limping and wincing on several occasions.

That noticable pain appeared to only get worse once he got his third round underway and it showed on his scorecard. Woods was only able to complete seven holes before play was suspended due to torrential rain.
The suspension potentially saved Woods from further embarrassment as he had gone five-over par in his final three holes. After dunking the ball into the water on the 15th hole, Woods hobbled back to his caddie in clear pain.

After play was suspended, Woods was sat on nine-over par for the tournament and he’s not brought his 2023 Masters run to an end. The Masters announced Woods’ withdrawal on social media, writing: “Due to injury, @TigerWoods has officially withdrawn from the Masters Tournament after completing seven holes of his third round.”

The weather forecase for The Masters was never going to be good news for Woods, who has admitted that his body doesn’t cope well in adverse conditions. The hilly Augusta course is tough enough on his body even on warm conditions, but the cold and rainy weather clearly tested his willpower and pain tolerance to another level.

Woods’ long-time caddie and close confidant Joe LaCava admitted before the tournament had begun that his “biggest fear” was seeing the golfing superstar have to play more than one round in the same day.

“My biggest fear going in … is we get a lot of rain and thunderstorms and we get the stop and start, or we get extra holes one day,” LaCava said. “I can’t imagine him going 27-plus holes [in one day] around here. … I’m hoping first and foremost that doesn’t happen.”

It’s a testament to Woods’ skillset that he was even able to make the cut for the weekend, creating history in the process. It was the 23rd consecutive cut he had made at The Masters, drawing level with Gary Player and Freddie Couples’ record.

But his painful withdrawal from the tournament will raise serious concerns on when – or if – Woods will return to competitive golf again.

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