The PGA Championship announced the 15-time main winner’s withdrawal on Twitter after firing a 9-over par 79 at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma in his second major tournament in nearly 17 months after sustaining a serious leg injury in a car crash in… February 2021.
Woods cut Friday with just one shot, showing glimpses of his supremacy in qualifying for the weekend.
But his injuries and exhaustion from playing 36 holes seemed to haunt the 46-year-old on Saturday in cold, windy weather.
He produced a long shot to save on par on the first hole, but had to make do with a bogey on the second.
Things went from bad to worse on the six-hole triple with six bogeys, and it was a bad tour start for Woods.
Over the next seven holes, he had six bobsled—including a string of five in a row—before his first birdie of his 15th run.
He managed to avoid his worst result ever at a major – 81 at the 2002 Open at Muirfield.
Woods was frank in his assessment of his game afterward, saying he “didn’t do anything right” and “didn’t take many good shots”.
“I just didn’t play well. I didn’t hit the ball well, and I went down to the start not where I needed to get off. I thought I hit a good starting point I dropped two and ended up in the water, not getting any kind of momentum from my side.”
After the tour, Woods was not concrete about whether he would complete the major.
“Well, I hurt. I know this is a fact,” he said. “We’ll do some work and see how it goes.”
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