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May 12 2011

6:54 PM

Foley: Woods was sore day before

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Tiger Woods addresses the media after withdrawing from THE PLAYERS Championship.

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By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Tiger Woods had hoped to play 72 holes this week at TPC Sawgrass. Instead, he played just nine ( click here for story ), and his swing coach Sean Foley didn’t sound terribly surprised that he wasn’t able to go on.

Woods had been dealing with a little bit of a limp all week and was sore after his practice session on Wednesday, according to Foley.

When Woods came off the range Monday at Isleworth, he felt good. Same thing Tuesday when he practiced for nine holes at TPC Sawgrass. After nine more holes on Wednesday, Woods, who hadn’t played competitively in 28 days since the final round of the Masters, was experiencing soreness.

“At the end of the day if it’s been bothered before it doesn’t ever really truly heal,” Foley said. “You can be functional and productive on it but this comes from a guy that works hard and trains hard and is a perfectionist. The guy’s created a lot of speed for a lot of time. He’s an athlete and he’s fit but you can’t overuse your body that much and not have … there’s going to be some issues.”

On the opening tee shot Thursday, Woods seemed to be suffering from those issues. Then on the fourth hole Woods said the knee “grabbed me” as he pulled his tee shot left.

After a bogey on the ninth -- by which point Woods was walking with a heavy limp and using a club for support -- Woods couldn’t go on ( click here to react ).

“Obviously the guy loves to play the game,” said Foley, who has yet to speak to Woods but expects to at some point Thursday. “It’s the flagship event of the PGA TOUR so I think he was going to give it a try.

“The guy’s played hurt a lot and for him to withdraw it probably had to be bothering him pretty good. It just goes to show he obviously needs more time.”

How much time no one yet knows.

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