Tiger Woods is suffering from a mild medial collateral ligament sprain in his left knee, as well as a mild strain to his left Achilles tendon, he announced Tuesday on his website. The injury will force him to miss this weekends Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte.
"I personally contacted tournament officials and expressed my regret in not being able to play," Woods said. "This is an outstanding event, but I must follow doctors' orders to get better."
Tiger suffered the injury during a shot at the Masters more than two weeks ago. On hole No. 17, Tiger played a "difficult and awkward" shot from the pine needles under the Eisenhower tree on the left side of the fairway. He's expected to make a return to action in a few weeks, but for now, it's rest and cold-water therapy, per doctor's orders, along with soft tissue treatment.
The left knee is the same one Tiger had reconstructive ACL surgery on after winning the 2008 U.S. Open; he had been playing with a torn ligament in his left knee for at least 10 months before that operation.