Tiger Woods hits out of the rough on the second hole. (HANS DERYK / Reuters)

Tiger Woods has withdrawn from the Players Championship because of lingering problems from the knee and Achilles’ injuries that bothered him at the Masters.

Woods was at six-over par 42 through nine holes at TPC Sawgrass — after going five over through the first five holes — in his first tournament since the Masters.

“I’m having a hard time walking,” Woods said.

Woods, who has had four operations on his knee, treated the latest injury with rest. He had played only nine holes of golf coming into the Players Championship and his withdrawal from the Players comes just 35 days from the U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club.

“The knee acted up and then the Achilles’ followed after that, and then the calf started cramping up,” Woods said. “Everything started getting tight, so it’s just a whole chain reaction.”

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He withdrew from the Players Championship on the seventh hole of the final round a year ago because of a neck injury.