When Tiger Woods took a big swing at the WGC-Cadillac Championship on Sunday and instantly appeared to be in quite a bit of pain, golf fans not only wondered about his ability to continue that tournament, but also whether or not an injury could take him out of The Masters.
Good news for Tiger fans (and fans of exciting major tournaments), as he has announced via Twitter that his injury probably won't keep him out of the year's best competition. Woods tweeted that the injury is only a "mild strain" of his left Achilles, and that he would be out there hitting balls in a few days:
Got good news from doc tonight. Only mild strain of left Achilles. Can resume hitting balls late in week and hopeful for next week.
The injury occurred during the final round of the aforementioned tournament in Doral, Flordia. Woods hit a 321-yard bomb on the par 5 12th, but immediately winced and leaned on his club for support. He was soon taken off the course and later withdrew from the tourney.
Shortly after that, he released a statement that said "I felt tightness in my left Achilles warming up this morning and it continued to get progressively worse. In the past, I may have tried to continue to play, but this time I decided to do what I thought was necessary." So the sports world knew that it was an Achilles problem, but was unclear on the severity and how it might impact The Masters. Woods' tweet should assuage a little but of apprehension regarding his readiness.
Woods isn't a giant presence on Twitter. Although having nearly 1.9 million followers, he only has just over 200 tweets on the books. But he does have a reputation of announcing bigger information via the social site. Back in June, 2011, he announced that he would be sitting out the U.S. Open. That too was due to injury.