Tiger Woods has revealed a troubling injury concern after walking gingerly around the course on day one of the Hero World Challenge.
Woods, 42, finished the opening day with a 1-over 73 to lie tied 16th in the 18-man field at Albany.
The 14-time major champion has for years been plagued by back troubles, but now he is having difficulties with his ankles.
“I've struggled with my ankles over the last few months, it's still the same issues,” said Woods.
The former world number one exchanged two early bogeys with consecutive birdies at six and seven to move back to level-par, but then disaster struck at the par-3 12th when he made a triple-bogey six. Woods then recovered some of the damage with birdies at 15 and 18.
Although the revelation that Woods had been dealing with sore ankles was a surprise, he did have a torn Achilles tendon in his right ankle in 2008 and an Achilles strain in 2011.
“They've just been sore for months,” he said, “just wear and tear.”
Patrick Reed and Patrick Cantlay hit the front with a 7-under 65, three strokes clear of Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson.