Tiger withdraws at Doral with Achilles injury

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DORAL, Fla. - Tiger Woods withdrew from the WGC-Cadillac Championship on Sunday with a left Achilles injury, he said in a statement.

"I felt tightness in my left Achilles warming up this morning, and it continued to get progressively worse. After hitting my shot at 12, I decided it was necessary to withdraw. In the past, I may have tried to continue to play, but this time I decided to do what I thought was necessary."

Woods, 36, said will have the Achilles evaluated "sometime early next week."

Woods was 3 over through 11 holes before pulling out. He entered the final round in a tie for eighth.

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Webb Simpson’s caddie, Paul Tesori, who was in Woods’ group on Sunday, said that he noticed Woods beginning to limp after hitting his tee shot on the par-3 fourth hole. When Tesori asked Joe LaCava, Woods’ caddie, “he just said (Woods’) Achilles was just puffed up and swollen a little bit.”

During Woods’ final tee shot, on No. 12, “it almost looked like he flinched. It was the first time he showed true pain,” Tesori said.

Said Simpson: “I didn’t really notice anything. But it looked like he made a swing on 12 that really hurt. ... He just shook my hand and said, ‘I’ve got to go in.’ ”

Woods was last seen getting into a black Mercedes-Benz sedan in the players’ parking lot. A medical vehicle pulled up alongside Woods’ car to drop off what appeared like ice bags. When a press officer asked for a comment, Woods told him "leg." When asked which one, Woods added, "Left leg injury." He then exited Doral Golf & Resort, presumably headed toward his home on Jupiter Island, about an hour away.

Woods switched shoes after making the turn in 2-over 38, changing from black to white Nikes. After hitting his second shot into the water on the par-5 10th, he grimaced and kicked his left leg, appearing to favor it the rest of the hole. Before that shot, he showed no signs of a limp.

Woods’ left knee has undergone four operations, most recently in 2008. In 2011, he sprained a ligament in his left knee and strained his Achilles’ tendon after hitting out of the pine straw during the third round of the Masters, where he eventually tied for fourth. He rushed to return for The Players Championship in May, but withdrew after nine holes. Woods didn’t play again for three months, returning at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in August.

In January, the former World No. 1 proclaimed himself as healthy as he has been in years, saying he finally had been able to practice on a normal schedule. Woods played only nine events, including only two majors (Masters, PGA), in 2011 after dealing with the left leg and Achilles’ injuries. He hasn’t played a full Tour schedule (17 events) since 2009.

“It’s been quite a few years since I’ve been physically fit,” he said at the time. “So I’m looking forward to getting out there and giving it a full season, which I haven’t done in a while.”

This was his third withdrawal in the past 22 months (2010, ’11 Players).

Woods, a three-time winner at Doral and six-time champion of this event, had shot 9-under 207 (72-67-68) through the first three rounds.

The injury couldn’t have occurred at a worse time for Woods, who was playing his second-to-last event before the Masters. The 14-time major champion is scheduled to play the Arnold Palmer Invitational in two weeks in his final tune-up before Augusta. It is not yet known whether he will still compete.

Last week, at the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Woods tied for second after a final-round 62. It was his best finish on the PGA Tour since September 2009.

-- Ryan Lavner

Stay tuned for more on Tiger, as well as the leaders that remain on the course.

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Leaderboard update: 6:40 p.m. EDT

Needing a birdie, Bubba Watson hits a drive that screams to the right, but stops in the rough to give him a shot at the green. And he takes advantage of his fortune, hitting a beautiful cut shot to about 10 feet under the hole, which he'll have to force a playoff. But he misses the putt to the left and hands the win to Justin Rose.

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Leaderboard update: 6:30 p.m. EDT

Justin Rose is having a few problems on the 18th, sending his drive to the right and in the trees. He hammers it out with hybrid and the ball goes well right, but will get a free drop on his third shot. Rose puts a little too much on his third shot and runs off the green and is lucky to stick in the rough instead of running down into the water. He gets that up-and-down for a bogey and finishes at 16 under.

Meanwhile, Bubba Watson will have a birdie putt from about 10 feet on No. 17. But Watson misses and settles for a par to stay at 15 under. Watson will need to birdie No. 18 to force a playoff.

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Leaderboard update: 6:10 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy finishes with a tough bogey to fall back to 14 under. He is the leader in the clubhouse, but stands little chance of winning the tournament with Justin Rose recovering from a poor tee shot on the 17th. McIlroy fires a 5-under 67.

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Leaderboard update: 6:07 p.m. EDT

Justin Rose is maintaining his two-shot lead, although he has found a fairway bunker at the par-4 17th. Rory McIlroy and Bubba Watson are still at 15 under and Keegan Bradley has dropped back to 14 under after a bogey at No. 15.

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Leaderboard update: 5:52 p.m. EDT

Justin Rose picked up a birdie on No. 14 and then a par at No. 15 to extend his lead to two strokes over Rory McIlroy, Keegan Bradley and Bubba Watson. McIlroy picked up a par at the par-4 17th and really will need to birdie the course's toughest hole to have a chance at a win or playoff.

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Leaderboard update: 5:38 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy has pulled to within a shot of the lead after a birdie at the par-4 16th, playing a beautiful second shot into the green to set up an easy putt. Meanwhile, Justin Rose has taken the solo lead again after Bubba Watson picks up bogey on the par-3 13th hole.

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Leaderboard update: 5:30 p.m. EDT

Bubba Watson is heating up again, this time picking up birdie at the par-5 12th to move into a tie with Justin Rose at 16 under. Rory McIlroy is running out of holes to apply more pressure, sitting at 14 under with three holes to play.

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Leaderboard update: 5:20 p.m. EDT

Bubba Watson has moved to within a shot of Justin Rose with a birdie at the par-4 11th. Charl Schwartzel has moved to 14 under and narrowly missed a chance to get to 15 under with a birdie chip on No. 16. Rose is at 16 under through 12 holes.

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Leaderboard update: 5:01 p.m. EDT

Keegan Bradley posts a bogey on the par-5 10th hole after initially putting for an eagle. He falls one behind Justin Rose, and is now tied with Rory McIlroy at 15 under.

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Leaderboard update: 4:51 p.m. EDT

Justin Rose birdies the par-5 10th to tie Keegan Bradley at 16 under. Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy picks up an improbable eagle on the par-5 12th hole, holing out from the bunker to move to 15 under.

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Leaderboard update

Keegan Bradley picks a bogey at the par-5 8th hole to drop back to 16 under, one shot ahead of Justin Rose and two ahead of Bubba Watson.

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No. 11, Par 4, 402 yards

Tiger hits another fairway, but absolutely cannot judge distances with his irons today, sending his second shot into a greenside bunker, tossing his club in disgust.

Tiger sends his sand shot to about four feet and makes the putt to save par.

Tiger on the day: 3 over (6 under for tournament)

Leaderboard update: Rory McIlroy is inching closer to the leaders, picking up a birdie at the par-5 10th hole to move to 13 under, four back of Keegan Bradley.

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No. 10, Par 5, 551 yards

Tiger flirts with disaster on the left, sending his tee ball into the left rough and avoiding the water.

He might have avoided water off the tee, but he doesn't have the same fortune on his second shot into the green. He'll now need to get up-and-down to simply save par.

And he doesn't. He plays a nice chip to about eight feet, but misses the putt to the right and picks up another bogey.

With the leaders now running away, Tiger will look back on this round as a missed opportunity.

Tiger on the day: 3 over (6 under for tournament)

Leaderboard update: Keegan Bradley rolls in a birdie at the par-4 7th hole to move to 17 under, two shots ahead of Bubba Watson and Justin Rose.

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No. 9, Par 3, 169 yards

Tiger misses another green, this one to the left at the par 3. He pitches to about two feet with his birdie chip.

He makes the putt to make the turn at 2-over 38, nine shots off the lead and now in a tie for 23rd. Tiger has never finished outside the top 10 at Doral.

Tiger on the day: 2 over (7 under for tournament)

Leaderboard update: Justin Rose picks up a birdie at the par-4 6th hole, handing the solo lead to Keegan Bradley at 16 under. Rose and Bubba Watson are one shot off the lead. Rory McIlroy is now within four shots of the lead, picking up an eagle at the par-5 8th hole after a nice approach shot to about six feet.

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No. 8, Par 5, 560 yards

Tiger launches his tee ball into the fairway, about 300 yards down the right. He goes after the green in two and trickles into the rough.

He pitches to about five feet, but misses the birdie putt on the right and settles for another par.

Tiger on the day: 2 over (7 under for tournament)

What's up with Bubba? Watson finds a small creek of water with his tee ball at the par-4 5th hole. The creek is well left of the fairway and is the only player all week to land in it. Playing his third shot from the rough, Watson lands on the back of the green and he'll have more than 70 feet to save par. He two-putts for a third-straight bogey, and now trails Keegan Bradley and Justin Rose by one shot.

Elsewhere on the course: With Bubba Watson coming back to the field a bit, Luke Donald and Charl Schwartzel are now only four shots off the lead at 12 under.

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No. 7, Par 4, 454 yards

Tiger pulls iron again and misses the fairway left by a considerable margin. Woods seems out of sorts and is struggling with what put him in contention the past two weeks: solid play off the tee and good iron play.

Tiger goes from rough to more rough, sending his approach shot left of the green. His third shot goes about 14 feet past the pin and he two-putts for another bogey.

Tiger on the day: 2 over (7 under for tournament)

What's up with Bubba? Watson sent his tee ball at the par-3 4th hole into a greenside bunker, where he plays an odd running shot down the green and needs two putts to get in and picks up another bogey. Watson is now tied with Justin Rose at 16 under, with Keegan Bradley one shot behind.

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No. 6, Par 4, 442 yards

Tiger puts his tee ball on the right side of the fairway, but misjudges his second shot and flies the green and will need to get up-and-down for par.

Tiger pitches it six feet past the hole and misses his par putt to pick up a bogey and fall back to 8 under.

Tiger on the day: 1 over (8 under for tournament)

What's up with Bubba? After an opening birdie, Watson has been hitting the ball all over the lot. Now on the par-4 3rd hole, he hits driver well right and under a tree. Trying to still get it to the green, Watson yanks it into the water on the right. He manages to get up-and-down for bogey with a lengthy putt that keeps him at 17 under. He now leads Justin Rose by one shot after Rose birdied No. 4.

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No. 5, Par 4, 382 yards

With iron in hand, Tiger pulls it left and into the thick rough, where it will take a spectacular shot to simply keep it on the green with his second shot.

He does keep it on the green, but 28 feet from right of the flag for birdie.

He two-putts for yet another par. There just seems to be no flow to this round, as he can't get it close with iron shots.

Tiger on the day: Even (9 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Francesco Molinari has carded the round of the day thus far, picking up a 7-under 65 to finish the tournament at 9 under. Meanwhile, Charl Schwartzel has moved to 12 under with a birdie at No. 5. He is six shots behind leader Bubba Watson.

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No. 4, Par 3, 236 yards

Moments after Simpson sends his tee ball bounding into the water, Tiger takes his 7-iron past the flag, leaving himself about 60 feet back down the green for birdie.

Tiger picks up par behind a nice two-putt, but that doesn't take away from the fact that it has been a sleepy start.

Tiger on the day: Even (9 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Justin Rose misses a prime eagle opportunity at No. 1, settling for a tap-in birdie to move to 15 under. Meanwhile, Keegan Bradley pours in his eagle putt on No. 1, while Bubba Watson recovers from a poor tee ball to pick up a birdie to move to 18 under, two shots ahead of Bradley.

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No. 3, Par 4, 438 yards

After a strange start that didn't exploit this vulnerable opening stretch, Tiger hammers driver at No. 3, getting a nice kick as the ball bounds down the left side of the fairway, well past the tee ball of Webb Simpson.

Tiger is able to attack the pin and sticks it under the hole for an 18-foot birdie attempt.

Tiger plays the birdie try a bit too high and settles for another par. Yesterday? He started with three straight birdies. Today? Three straight pars. He'll need to pick it up in a hurry.

Tiger on the day: Even (9 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Matt Kuchar and Zach Johnson both pick up birdies at No. 1 to move to 12 under.

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No. 2, Par 4, 419 yards

Tiger takes iron off the tee for the first time this week and puts it on the right side of the fairway.

From about 140 yards, Tiger tries to nuke a sand wedge and puts it on the green, but 50 feet to the right of the flag. Amazingly, the crowd was unusually quiet after that shot.

Tiger's birdie putt comes up woefully short, leaving himself about six feet for par. But he drains it to pick up a pedestrian par.

Tiger on the day: Even (9 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Rory McIlroy picks up a two-putt birdie at No. 1 to move to 10 under.

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No. 1, Par 5, 529 yards

Tiger takes driver off the tee at No. 1 and yanks it a bit left and into the long rough. He'll need to at least birdie this hole to have a shot at making a run at the leaders. His drive is about 40 yards shorter than the previous three days.

He takes 7-iron from the rough and sends it into a greenside bunker on the left. He plays a poor shot from the bunker over the green, but pitches to about a foot and taps in for an unusual par.

Tiger on the day: Even (9 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Charl Schwartzel picked up eagle at No. 1 and moves to 11 under, now six back of Bubba Watson.

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THIRD-ROUND COVERAGE

Round 3 recap: Tiger still well back

Tiger Woods shot 4-under 68 Saturday at the WGC-Cadillac Championship, but he still has plenty of ground to make up on leader Bubba Watson. Tiger Tracker

Great scoring conditions

The third round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship was predicated on scoring. With perfect weather conditions, you had to go low to move up. 5 Things.

Making it look easy

We knew these guys were good, but some of the scores this week at Doral are just head-scratching. But as we've learned this year, not even a three-shot lead is safe. Jeff Rude

An Irish gathering

Despite the pleasant weather and the lack of hills, there was a certain flair of Northern Ireland in the Rory McIlroy-Graeme McDowell pairing Saturday at Doral. Jim McCabe

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SECOND-ROUND COVERAGE

Round 2 Tiger Tracker: Woods shoots 67

• Tiger played a solid round of golf and shot 5-under 67 Friday, but he still has plenty of ground to make up. Tiger Tracker

• South African Jbe Kruger may be the smallest man in the field phyiscally, but his game is taking a big turn upward. Jeff Rude

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FIRST-ROUND COVERAGE

Round 1 recap: Tiger Woods fires a 72

Tiger Woods couldn't come up with enough birdies for a low first round at Doral on Thursday, but still showed streaks of brilliance. First-round recap

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Well-rested Scott vaults into lead

After playing only five competitive rounds since November, Adam Scott showed no signs of rust Thursday at Doral, tying Jason Dufner for the first-round lead. Jeff Rude

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Wind wreaking havoc at Doral

One player hit the par-5 first in two shots with an 8-iron Thursday. To reach the par-4 18th in two, he needed a hybrid. The wind giveth and taketh away at Doral. Jim McCabe

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Lyle has leukemia recurrence

Jarrod Lyle has had a recurrence of leukemia at home in Australia, just as the 30-year-old is preparing to become a father for the first time. Story.

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PRE-TOURNAMENT COVERAGE

A new week for Tiger

Sure Tiger Woods' final-round 62 at last week's was brilliant, but the thing is, it happened last week. It was something Woods was quick to point out Wednesday at Doral. Story.

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Consistency at the top

Add Rory McIlroy to the world's best, and the game's upper rung suddenly gets a lot more interesting. With the Masters drawing near, Jeff Rude explains why that's good for the game. Story.

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Big task ahead

Donald Trump will signal a start to the WGC-Cadillac Championship with a press conference to discuss his purchase of the host venue this week, Doral Golf Resort & Spa. Gil Hanse, chosen course designer of the 2016 Rio Olympics course, will revamp the Blue Monster course at Doral. Story.

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Notes: Casey back on the course

Paul Casey already has missed five tournaments this year after dislocating his right shoulder while snowboarding over the holidays. It’s a bad time for an injury, especially in a Ryder Cup year, though Casey has a good reason to feel optimistic. Story.

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Notes: Oosthuizen will play, but not pain-free

Two days after withdrawing from the final round of the Honda Classic, Louis Oosthuizen was back at work at Doral’s TPC Blue Monster, determined to give it a go at the WGC-Cadillac Championship. Story.

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Natural fit

The decision to hire Gil Hanse to design the 2016 Olympics golf course represents a powerful endorsement of a post-modern, links-inspired orientation to golf at the highest level of international competition. Story.

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