ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Tiger Woods said tests Wednesday showed an
inflamed neck joint that causes pain and makes it hard to turn his
head, an injury that will require little more than medicine,
massages and rest.
Woods had an MRI that revealed inflammation in a facet joint of
his neck. He said on his website that when facet joints are
inflamed, it causes pain in the area along with headaches and
difficulty rotating the head.
He withdrew from the final round of The Players Championship on
Sunday after a week in which he was seen stretching and rolling his
neck. Woods said his neck had been bothering him since before he
returned from a five-month layoff at the Masters, and that it was
not related to the Nov. 27 car accident when he ran into a tree,
setting off revelations of infidelity.
"I now need to take care of this condition and will return to
playing golf when I'm physically able," Woods said.
Woods said treatment will include physical therapy, such as
soft-tissue massage, rest and anti-inflammatory medicine. He said
the prognosis was for a full recovery, and while the layoff is not
expected to be long, rehab can vary.
Woods said in a press conference this week that he hoped to be
able to defend his title at the Memorial, which starts June 3 at
Muirfield Village. His next tournament will be his first without
swing coach Hank Haney, who stepped aside Monday.