ONEEventually the pain won out. For the first time in his professional career, Tiger Woods has retired from a major tournament – the final round of the 104th PGA Championship in Tulsa was to be played without the golf star. About four hours after the 15-time Major winner completed round three, Woods told promoters he will not be competing in the Southern Hills Country Club on Sunday. The pain in his right leg, which he broke several times in the serious car accident in February 2021, was probably too great.
The task had already indicated itself Saturday directly after his weak 79-lap on the difficult par 70 course in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. “Well, I’m sore. I know it’s a fact. We want to do some work and see how it goes,” Woods said. He has not yet commented further.
Tiger Woods with worst round
In cold, wet weather, Woods battled Saturday at the Tulsa golf course. With 79 shots, he delivered the worst round he has ever played in a PGA Championship. In the overall standings, the longtime number one in the world was far behind with 222 strokes.
Woods made too many misses that day. One could see that after the long period of suffering he was not yet in full possession of his physical form. After starting at the Masters in April, it was only the second PGA tournament for the 46-year-old since the accident.
The competitors also suffered. “He’s such a phenomenal player,” said South Africa’s Shaun Norris, who played with Woods in the third round. “I’m so sorry he has to go through this. But on the other hand, you also see what it’s like for a human being that he struggles and pushes himself, even all the pain and stuff like that.”
On Friday, Woods still qualified for the weekend’s two decisive rounds thanks to an energy performance (69 rounds). The fact that stars like world number one Scottie Scheffler (USA), Dustin Johnson (USA), Sergio Garcia (Spain) and Adam Scott (Australia) were eliminated early after only two rounds shows how high this performance is. German golf professionals Martin Kaymer and Alex Cejka also clearly missed the cut in Tulsa.
Mito Pereira took the lead in this year’s second major before the final day. The 27-year-old Chilean had 201 shots, three shots ahead of England’s Matt Fitzpatrick and United States’ Will Zalatoris.