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“I probably should have stopped,” Woodland said after playing the final 10 holes with pain shooting through his entire arm. “It was a long, long day.”
Woodland, who began Saturday four strokes off the lead at the Masters, withdrew after completing his third round Saturday. He played the last 11 holes at 11 over, making par on only three of them, and finished with a 13-over 85.
“I felt like I was right in the heart of the golf tournament. I thought I had a pretty good chance,” he said. “For this to happen, I’m pretty upset right now.”
Woodland felt some pain in the wrist earlier this year, when he was hitting a lot of balls in an effort to rework his swing. It wasn’t anything that lingered, however.
But the wrist was sore and stiff Saturday morning and, despite taking some anti-inflammatories, the pain got progressively worse as the day went on. When he made a swing on No. 8, pain shot up his arm and down through his hand. The athletic trainer who examined Woodland on No. 11 urged him to quit. So did his caddie.
But Woodland pressed on. His left wrist was heavily taped, and he held a bag of ice on it between shots.
“The trainer didn’t think I could do anymore damage,” he said. “I worked too hard to get here. I wanted to at least finish today.”
MUST-SEE TV: The Masters is a smash hit.
ESPN’s telecast of the second round Friday drew an average of 4.1 million viewers, the third-largest audience ever to watch golf on cable, according to fast nationals from the Nielsen Co. It also was a 14 percent increase from last year’s average of 3.5 million.
The 4.9 million who tuned in for ESPN’s coverage of the first round in 2010, when Tiger Woods returned to competition following a shocking sex scandal, is still the record for the largest golf audience on cable. Woods‘ playoff victory over Rocco Mediate at the 2008 U.S. Open, which gave him his 14th major, is second at 4.8 million.
Friday’s telecast also had a 3.3 household rating, up 14 percent from last year. Ratings measure the percentage of homes with televisions tuned into a program.
Average viewership for the two days was 3.4 million, up from 3 million last year. The two-day average rating was a 2.8, a 12 percent increase from last year.
AP National Writer Eddie Pells contributed to this report.
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