Tiger Woods article updated from 11:07 a.m. EDT with additional information on his withdrawal from the Players Championship.
NEW YORK (
) -- Tiger Woods withdrew from the Players Championship on Thursday morning after the worst start to a tournament in his career, citing multiple injuries in his leg and foot.
Woods was in last place on the leaderboard at the time of his withdrawal.
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Woods was at 6-over par through the front nine holes at TPC Sawgrass in Jacksonville, Fla., shooting a 42. The golf pro appeared frustrated with his inconsistent swing, and after completing the ninth hole he handed his scorecard to playing partner Martin Kaymer and withdrew.
"The knee acted up and then the Achilles followed after that, and then the calf started cramping up," Woods said,
The Associated Press
reported. "Everything started getting tight, so it's just a whole chain reaction."
The former world No.1 announced his withdrawal from the tournament for the second consecutive year. Last year he withdrew from the Players Championship, which he said was due to a bulging disc.
Woods, 35, recently took some time off due to his injuries.
"The more rest I get, the better it would be, obviously," Woods said. "It's a big event. I wanted to come back for it and play, and unfortunately I wasn't able to finish."
He hasn't won a tournament since the 2009 Australian Masters, and is now ranked eighth in the world.
--Written by Theresa McCabe in Boston.
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