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Rose triumphs at WGC-Cadillac Championship, Woods withdraws after leg injury

Justin Rose won the WGC-Cadillac Championship over Bubba Watson by one stroke on Sunday, but that almost turned into the secondary story of the day.Tiger Woods suddenly dropped out of the tournament on the Blue Monster course at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa when he felt the Achilles' tendon on his left leg tightening up."I felt tightness in my left Achilles warming up this morning," a statement from Woods said, "and it continued to get progressively worse. After hitting my tee shot at 12, I decided it was necessary to withdraw. In the past, I may have tried to continue to play, but this time I decided to do what I thought was necessary."The galleries were tremendous this week and I want to thank everyone for their support."Woods went on to say he would get his Achilles evaluated early in the week.Woods had just parred the 11th hole and hit a reasonably good drive on No. 12 when he called it quits. A cart took him directly to his black Mercedes in the parking lot, where another medical cart delivered ice bags.The Mercedes then pulled away.

During the round, Woods could be seen lifting up his left leg and stretching and testing it. He also showed traces of a slight limp in the round. Woods has a history of leg problems that have kept him from playing at various times in his career.Woods was not in contention when he left the tournament. He was 3-over-par for the day and minus-6 for the tournament. The tournament was decided when Bubba Watson missed a 10-foot putt on No. 18, the ball skimming the edge of the hole.Rose, playing in the group in front of Watson, gave Watson a chance to tie when he bogeyed the 18th.Rose shot a 2-under 70 Sunday to finish at 16-under 272. Watson, the third-round leader, was 2-over 74 on Sunday with a 15-under 273 total for the four rounds.Rory McIlroy finished another stroke back at 272 after posting a 67 Sunday.

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