- Woods reveals struggle with ankle injury
- Plays at Hero World Challenge this week
The 14-time major champion, who has enjoyed a successful season after returning from career-threatening back injuries, appeared to be walking with discomfort during the first round of the invitational event in the Bahamas.
The former world No.1 later admitted his ankles were troubling him.
“I’ve struggled with my ankles over the last few months. Still the same issues,” said Woods, who won the season-ending Tour Championship in September for his first title in five years.
“They’ve just been sore for months, just wear and tear.”
Woods, 42, toiled on the first day of the tournament which benefits his charity, carding a one-over 73 to place him tied for 16th in an 18-man field.
He added he was “worn out mentally, physically, emotionally” by the time he played in the Ryder Cup a month ago.
He then secured his 80th PGA Tour title at the Tour Championship at East Lake, Atlanta.