Tiger Woods withdrew from the PGA Championship after posting his worst score in the event on Saturday.
After carding a 9-over 79 in the third round, Woods told a pool reporter at Southern Hills Country Club that he was going to assess whether to return to the course and play the final 18 holes on Sunday.
“Well, I’m sore. I know that is for a fact,” Woods said. “We’ll do some work and see how it goes.”
With temperatures dropping into the mid-50s, rain falling and winds howling, conditions were difficult for nearly everyone on Saturday. But especially for Woods, 46, who is playing in just his second tour event since he was seriously hurt in a car crash in February 2021. Temperatures were expected to be cool again on Sunday.
Just after play finished for the day there was a brief announcement in the media room by PGA of America president Jim Richerson saying “Tiger Woods has informed us that he is withdrawing from the 2022 PGA Championship, We admire Tiger’s valiant effort to compete here at Southern Hills and wish him the best as he continues to recover from his injuries.
After making five consecutive bogeys in a major for only the second time Woods made his only birdie of the round with a 37-foot putt on the par-4 15th.
He ended the third round tied for 76th, at 12 over, and was 21 shots behind leader Mito Pereira. It is the first time Woods has withdrawn from a major championship as a professional. He had pulled out of the 1995 U.S. Open with a wrist injury after the second round as an amateur. It is the first time he has withdrawn from a PGA Tour event since he exited after shooting 75 in the opening round of the 2019 Northern Trust.
Woods has been noncommittal about playing in the next major, the U.S. Open, which is scheduled for June 16-19 at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts. Woods, a 15-time major champion, has said he planned to play in the 150th Open Championship at St. Andrews in Scotland on July 14-17.
Woods struggled mightily while playing in cold weather at both the Masters and the PGA Championship. After making the cut at Augusta National in April, Woods posted scores of 6-over 78 in each of the last two rounds, representing his worst scores in his career there.
Woods had played 321 rounds in majors from 1995 to 2020 and posted just five scores of 78 or worse. He has three such scores in seven rounds in majors this year. Let’s hope we see him next in St Andrews in July.