Tiger Woods will miss the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow next week due to injury to same left knee that's plagued him throughout his career. Woods announced the injury on Tuesday, though he cautioned it's only minor and skipping the tournament is a precautionary measure. While hitting a shot from under the Eisenhower Tree on hole No. 17 during the third round of The Masters, Woods tweaked his knee, though he finished the tournament strong with a front-nine 31 on Sunday.
Many are, understandably, concerned about Woods' durability after several knee injuries have plagued him throughout his career. His left knee was rebuilt in 2009 and he's only now returning to form after a variety of on- and off-course problems. Another setback could derail his chances of making a run at Jack Nicklaus' record 18 major wins.
Woods' agent, Mark Steinberg, echoed the golfer's sentiments about the injury and praised him for obeying his doctors. Woods was diagnosed with a sprained medial collateral ligament and Achilles tendon, but neither is expected to pose a long-term risk.
"This is precautionary. We're not at all concerned," said Mark Steinberg, his agent at IMG. "He's just listening to his doctors, which is kind of nice. He certainly didn't listen to them before the U.S. Open in 2008."
Though he has ruled himself out of the Wells Fargo Championship, Woods left open the possibility of playing in The PLAYERS Championship, set to begin on May 12. Woods has been away from golf since his fourth-place finish at Augusta, resting his knee and wearing a protective boot as a precaution.