British Open 2022: Tiger Woods bombs in sad scenes golf news

Tiger Woods has said he may never have the chance to compete in a British Open at St Andrews again after missing the cup on Friday.

A tearful Tiger Woods has said he may never have the chance to play a British Open at St Andrews again after missing the cup on Friday with a score of nine over par for his two rounds .

The 15-time major winner won two of his three Claret Jugs at home of golf, but admitted struggling just to get through the 18 holes after a major car crash forced him to last year undergo emergency surgery on his right leg.

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Most of the damage to Woods’ chances of making the weekend came Thursday when he posted a round six of 78 to match his worst start at the British Open.

He optimistically targeted a 66 to get back to the predicted par-par cut level on a low-scoring day as overnight rain softened the fast fairways.

However, that never seemed like a realistic goal with the physical toll of the crash clear to see.

“It’s hard to walk and play 18 holes,” he said.

“People have no idea what I have to go through and the hours of body work, before and after, every day to do what I just did.”

A birdie at third raised hopes for the huge galleries that one of the greatest players of all time could produce an unforgettable round.

But bogeys at four and six quickly snuffed out any chance of a rally. After a series of nine consecutive pars, a double bogey in the 16th put salt in the wounds of a few painful days for the American.

Woods still received a standing ovation as he walked up the 18th fairway and wiped away his tears before completing his round of 75.

“I had a few tears. I’m not one to get teary eyed about anything very often,” Woods added.

“For me, it felt like it could have been my last British Open here at St Andrews. The fans, the standing ovation and the warmth, it was an incredible feeling.

Questions will now be asked about what the future holds for the 46-year-old. He denied his physical ailments to make the Masters and PGA Championship cut earlier this year, but retired from the PGA after a third round better than nine.

His world ranking has slipped to 994 as he salvages what’s left of golf for the majors.

But as a former winner, Woods will have a bye to qualify for the British Open until he turns 60.

“I have nothing planned, zero. Maybe something next year, I don’t know, but nothing in the near future. That’s it. I was just hoping to play that one event this year.

Woods said his experience over the past two days reminded him of the farewells he witnessed to Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus at St Andrews with not only the fans but the other pros eager to offer their support.

US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick, who played alongside Woods, said the scenes at 18 gave him “goosebumps”.

“It was amazing. It’s something that will live with me forever, that’s for sure,” Fitzpatrick said.

“It’s totally deserved and I think towards the end you could see that he was also a bit emotional. It was a big deal.”

Scottie Scheffler is hoping to become the first player since Woods in 2005 to win the Masters and the British Open in the same year.

And the world number one believes Woods’ competitive spirit could still see him return to St Andrews.

“I don’t know if this will be Tiger’s last here,” Scheffler said. “He’s a pretty resilient guy and he loves competition.

“Anytime you can see this guy on the golf course, especially The Old Course, it’s really special.”

-AFP

Michael C. Ford