Thursday, December 23, 2010

Golf Champion Woods Treated with Cortisone

Golf champion Tiger Woods received 10 days ago  a cortisone shot in his right ankle to relieve persistent pain.

On Tuesday, he was back hitting balls and filming a commercial.

Mark Steinberg, his agent at the firm IMG, Woods said he planned to have the injection after the Chevron World Challenge Championship, which ended on 5 December. The golfer has nearly two months off before their next tournament at Torrey Pines.

"That was always the plan, " said Steinberg. "He wants 2011 to be a big year for him,"he said.

Woods said at the Masters this year he broke his Achilles tendon in his right leg in December 2008, when he was recovering from knee surgery. Steinberg said the injury still causes him pain, causing it received a cortisone injection, AP reported.

Steinberg said the rumors that Woods had broken his Achilles tendon while skiing. He said Tiger was not skiing for over three years.

Woods was the first time in his career that does not win any tournaments. After 281 weeks as world number one Tiger gave the British Lee Westwood lead, thus ending the longest reign in the history of the sport. Tiger Woods had risen to number one golf world rankings on 22 May 2005.

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