11 May 2010

Woods says neck injury not the result of his car crash last year

6:48 pm on 11 May 2010

The world golf number Tiger Woods says the neck injury hindering his game has nothing to do with the crash outside his Florida home in November.

The accident triggered the start of the sex scandal that drove him into self-imposed exile for five months and left his reputation in tatters.

Woods withdrew from the final round of the Players Championship in Florida yesterday, complaing of neck problems.

He says the problem occurred when he started playing again but he initially thought it wasn't a major problem but it's steadily worsened and now muscle spasms are preventing him from practising and playing properly.

The 14-time major champion says he still wants to resume his pursuit of Jack Nicklaus's record of 18 major titles this year.

The next two majors come at courses where Woods has excelled in the past.

has his playing schedule up in the air but says he's doing all he can to get recover.

The US Open in mid-June at Pebble Beach and the British Open in July will be at St. Andrews.