Tiger Woods has withdrawn from the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow. The injury is a ligament sprain in his left knee and a mild strain of his Achilles tendon in the same leg. This is the famous left leg that Tiger has had operated on four times previously, most recently after the 2008 US Open at Torry Pines.

In a statement released on his website:

Woods suffered a Grade 1 mild medial collateral ligament sprain to his left knee and a mild strain to his left Achilles tendon… Woods was able to continue playing at Augusta and then later decided to seek a medical evaluation.

It sounds like Woods injured the knee when playing a shot from the pine straw under Eisenhower’s Tree on the 17th hole at the Masters. He has been told to rest the knee and undergo some water therapy to rehab the injury. It doesn’t sound like surgery is planned as of now, but things could change. There is no definitive timetable for his return, but it would be hard to imaging Tiger missing the US Open.  The only information given for a return is a few weeks.

“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.”

Mark it now, Tiger is going to come back and win the US Open. The GOAT will be back!