“I’m not retiring,” he said.
“But I don’t know if I will still be physically able to come back here to St. Andrews when it’s his turn to host the Open,” he added to explain his tears and flashy way of greeting the audience.
“I’m still going to play the British Open. But in eight years (the time he’s evaluating before the tournament comes back to St. Andrews), I don’t think I’m competitive enough.”
46-year-old Tiger Woods had an accident in February 2021 that almost cost him his right leg. Woods was able to fulfill his recovery goal. Also, play the 150th British Open on the historic St. Andrews Course.
But the latter did not welcome him with open arms. After the first card of +6 on Thursday, the man with 15 Majors (including three British Open including two won in Saint Andrews) returned a final card of +3, for +9 in total.
It will be well below the limit required to play the weekend rounds.
“I made mistakes these two days,” he said. Even today, I had a hard time feeling the greens. I was still too short on many rides, like yesterday.
“I’ve never been able to find a dynamic. I had to make a low score today. I’m far from it… And I won’t play at the end of the week,” he said.
He finished what should therefore be his last course on the Old Course with a par after stalling for eagle and missing the birdie on a comma.
Disappointed, head down and his face grave, he passed one last time, at least for this tournament. In front of the porch of the Royal and Ancient, the building that houses the body that governs the rules of golf.
“My son will probably want to come back and play. I was fortunate to be named an Honorary Fellow of the Royal and Ancient, so I have my record. It’s pretty classy.
And thanks to that, I will get a start (a schedule to take the start of the course, editor’s note). So I might come back to play for fun… ” he said.
Before the start of the tournament, he recalled that a few months ago, he was hoping “to be able to walk.”
Then he returned to the Augusta Masters in April. There he failed to finish 47th after two successful first rounds. He then dropped out in the 3rd round of the PGA Championship before giving up the US Open.
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