aIn the end, the pain triumphed. For the first time in his professional career, Tiger Woods retired from a major tournament—the last round of the PGA 104 had to be played in Tulsa without the golfer. About four hours after the 15-time winner finished in the third round, Woods told the promoters that he would not be competing at Southern Hills Country Club on Sunday. Perhaps the pain in his right leg, which was broken several times in a serious car accident in February 2021, was too great.
The mission had already indicated itself on Saturday right after his poor run 79 on a tough 70 track in the US state of Oklahoma. “Well, I’m in pain. I know that’s true. We’ll do some work and see how it goes. He made no further statement,” Woods said.
Tiger Woods with worst tour
In cool, wet weather, Woods struggled on the golf course in Tulsa on Saturday. With 79 shots, he threw the worst PGA Championship run he’s played. In the overall standings, the long-time world number one was far behind with 222 strokes.
Woods did so much wrong that day. You could tell that after a long period of suffering he was not in full shape. After starting the Masters in April, it was the 46-year-old’s second PGA Championship since the accident.
Competitors also suffered. “He’s an exceptional player,” said South African Sean 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 kind of person he is, he fights and pushes himself, even all the pain and stuff.”
On Friday, Woods still qualified for the two crucial rounds of the weekend thanks to a power performance (69 rounds). The fact that stars such as world number one Scottie Scheffler (USA), Dustin Johnson (USA), Sergio Garcia (Spain) and Adam Scott (Australia) were eliminated early after just two rounds shows just how high this performance can be. German golf pros Martin Kaymer and Alex Sigka apparently missed the loss in Tulsa.
Mito Pereira took the lead in the second race of the year before the last day. The 27-year-old Chilean scored 201 shots, three more than Englishman Matt Fitzpatrick and American player Will Zalatores.