AUGUSTA, Ga. - The week proved to Tiger Woods that he has hit on the right remedy for the problems in his golf, especially the short game. Sunday, he reported to having doctored his own wrist.
That happened after he struck a root while hitting a shot out of the pine straw on the par-4 ninth hole. He immediately dropped his club and grimaced.
After finishing the round with 1-over-par 73, he said, "A bone kind of popped out and the joint kind of went out of place, but I put it back in."
Woods regularly put himself in danger of hitting various foreign objects because he did not hit a fairway until the 13th hole, a par-5 on which he made eagle. As for his lie on the right side of No. 9, he said: "I was in a hole. If you look at it, there was a big depression there and I didn't really suspect there would be anything in front of it. Evidently there was.
"It hurt. It definitely hurt. I drove my hand or drove the club straight into it. It didn't move, but my body kept moving," he said, adding that the makeshift maneuvering he did on the wrist, "didn't feel very good. But at least it got back in and I could move my hand again.
"It's sore. I'm not going to be lifting any weights for a little bit," he said, adding that he is not sure when he will play again.
Although he did not play as well Sunday as did his playing companion Rory McIlroy (6-under 66), Woods did see his overall 5-under finish as anything but a big depression.
"Now my short game is my strength again," he said, "which is good stuff."