Tiger Woods withdraws from Hero World Challenge due to plantar fasciitis

Tiger Woods announced on Twitter on Monday that he has withdrawn from this week’s Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas because of plantar fasciitis in his right foot. The tournament, which benefits Woods’ charity, ‘TGR Foundation,’ was supposed to be his first start since he missed the cut in the 150th Open Championship at St. Andrews in July. Woods will be replaced in the 20-man field by Sepp Straka.

Woods wrote in a statement: “In preparation and practice for this week’s Hero World Challenge, I’ve developed plantar fasciitis in my right foot, which is making it difficult to walk. After consulting with my doctors and trainers, I have decided to withdraw this week and focus on my hosting duties. My plan is still to compete in The Match and PNC Championship.”

The 46-year-old Woods competed in just nine rounds in three majors this past season. He finished 47th at the Masters in April and withdrew after 54 holes at the PGA Championship in May.  As of now, the 15-time major champion will still be playing in The Match at Pelican Golf Club outside Tampa, Florida, on Dec. 10, teaming up with world No. 1 golfer Rory McIlroy in a 12-hole match against Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas. Woods is also scheduled to play with his son, Charlie, in the PNC Championship in Orlando, Florida, on Dec. 17-18.

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