Tiger Woods underwent an MRI to examine the condition of the neck problem that forced him to withdraw last week at The Players Championship on the seventh hole during the final round.

Woods cited intense pain and flare ups that did not allow for him to rotate properly. Woods was 2-over on the day, and well back of the leaders.

The MRI that Woods had this week revealed that the top-ranked golfer had inflammation in his neck. The injury is apparently on  a facet joint. By way of his website, Woods said that when a facet joint is inflamed, pain, headaches and stiffness are prevalent.

“I want to thank everyone for their caring and concern,” Woods said through his website. “I now need to take care of this condition and will return to playing golf when I’m physically able.”

Woods stated that he had been experiencing neck pain beginning two weeks prior to the Masters.

Woods made his debut at the Masters following a five-month long self imposed absence from golf following a sex scandal that broke, revealing that Woods had committed infidelity.

Woods finished fourth in the Masters, that included his lowest opening round ever at Augusta, when he carded a round of 68.

Following the Masters, Woods next participated in the Quail Hollow Championship, in which he missed the cut for only the sixth time in his professional career, after a round of 79 on Friday.

At TPC Sawgrass for The Players Championship, Woods played consistent, but it was noticed that he was stretching and playing with his neck more so than normal, as he never disclosed that he felt discomfort in his neck.

Woods is scheduled to play in the Memorial Tournament later this month, but it is undetermined whether or not he will be able to participate. Woods said he will have to continue rehabbing to get back to form.

The U.S Open is in mid-June, as Woods should have fond memories of Pebble Beach. The top-ranked golfer won the the 2000 U.S Open by 15 shots over the rest of the field, breaking numerous records.

With the announcement earlier this week that he and swing coach Hank Haney have parted ways, Woods is without a coach for the time being.

“Hank Haney and I have agreed that he will no longer be my coach,” Woods said by way of a statement. “Hank is an outstanding teacher and has been a great help to me, but equally importantly he is a friend. That will not change.

“I would like to thank him for all he has done for me the past six years.”

Prior to the announcement of his neck injury and losing Haney, Woods was installed as the betting favorite to capture the 2010 U.S Open championship, with new odds being formulated on Online Sportsbooks.


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