Tiger Woods has withdrawn from the PGA Championship after shooting a 9-over-par 79 in Saturday’s third round.
Most important points:
- Tiger Woods will not play in the final round of the PGA Championship after withdrawing from the tournament
- Before his decision, Woods had told a TV crew he was “painful” after shooting a third round of 79
- Woods had surgery on his right leg 15 months ago after a high-speed car accident
It was Woods’ first withdrawal from his professional career.
Woods, 46, shot 1-under-par over the last five holes on Saturday to avoid scoring his third major score in the 1980s. Still, it was his worst round ever at a PGA Championship.
It was a hard effort at the end for Woods, who started the day 3-over 143 and finished 12 over and 21 strokes ahead when his third round ended at Southern Hills Country Club.
It was clear that Woods and his team struggled to get through 18 holes on his rebuilt right leg, refusing an on-camera interview with CBS Sports after the round. Instead, Woods and his representatives told the CBS television crew that he was in pain.
On Friday, Woods made the cut in a major for the second time in two attempts since he nearly lost his right leg in a devastating car accident in Southern California 15 months ago. He shot a 1-under-par 69 on Friday to slip under the cut line.
In the third round he started with a par but found the water on the second hole for a bogey. His real trouble started on the par-3 sixth hole, when his tee shot went back into the water, his shot from the drop area found the rough on the left side of the green, and he hit his throw just short of the green. After hitting a chip shot to about two feet from the cup, he exhausted for a triple bogey 6.
From there, Woods’ round unraveled on a chilly morning. He made a bogey on seventh and ninth to leave him with a 41 on the front nine.
The bogey on the par-4 ninth hole was the first of five consecutive bogeys for Woods, a four-time winner of the PGA Championship. He won at Southern Hills in 2007, the most recent time the tournament was played on the course.
Woods had never before carded five bogeys in a row at a major championship.
The bright spot of Woods’ day came on the 413-yard, par-4 15th. Woods flashed his first smile of the day as he cleared a 12-yard putt for his only birdie on the round.
Woods’ worst round ever in a major championship came in 2002, when he shot an 81 in the third round at The Open Championship in Muirfield – the same year he won the Masters and US Open.
He shot an 80 in the first round of the 2015 US Open in Chambers Bay.