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Tiger Woods pulls out of Players; Glover, Watney share early lead

Tiger Woods teed off early Thursday in the Players Championship. However, a previous leg injury prevented Tiger Woods from finishing the round.

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Tiger Woods, second from left, and his caddie Steve Williams leave the course after nine holes during the first round of The Players Championship golf tournament May 12, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Woods withdrew after playing nine holes and shooting a 42 Thursday.

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Thursday marked the opening of the Players Championship golf tournament at the TPC Sawgrass course outside Jacksonville, Florida.

It also marked the return of Tiger Woods to the PGA Tour after roughly a month off, due to a pair of injuries to his left leg. However, the comeback was short-lived. Woods walked off the course after just nine holes, with a scorecard that read six-over par.

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The 2001 Players champion indicated later that simply walking the course was bothering him, much less the triple-bogey 7 he carded on the seventh hole Thursday morning.

Earlier this week, Woods found that he'd fallen to the eighth spot on the world golf rankings. He hoped that a strong performance this week and in the coming weeks would prepare him for the US Open in June.

Meanwhile, Lucas Glover, who won last week's Wells Fargo Championship and the 2009 US Open, shared the lead early in the first round with Nick Watney. at seven under par.

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