Tiger Woods’ emotional trails in St. Andrews’ 18th Echo in the 150th Open’s Legendary Memories of the Old Stadium

Street. Andrews, Scotland – A single hole can tell a story. She can’t tell the whole story, but she can still tell it a Stories. The hole that might be the Tiger Woods final ever played during an Open Championships in St. Andrews told a tale from Hell on Friday afternoon.

Tiger also took advantage of the equality on No. At 17 in the second round of the 150th Open, a sweeping crowd stood behind this famous road and rushed in, sending Woods to the biggest finish line in the sport.

Tiger didn’t know what to expect during the last 15 minutes of play. After Round 75, which followed Thursday’s 78, Woods said he was simply trying to choose between 3 wood and 5 wood at last, oblivious to what lay ahead. This was no different from his first trip to St. Andrews in 1995 when he was a 19-year-old amateur. He fired four rounds in the 1970s and finished T68.

“This is where it all began for me as an amateur,” Woods said this week. “My first chance to play in the Open Championship was here. I will never forget that I played with Ernie Els and Peter Jacobsen in the first two days. We had a chance to play with some of the greats in the training rounds: Freddie [Couples]Raymond [Floyd]And the [Jose Maria Olazabal]And the [Bernhard] Langer. I had a great time as a little kid, and they showed me how to play this golf course and how many different options there are.”

And so began a lifelong tossing journey with Tom Old’s greatest builder, which Woods calls his favorite golf course in the world.

“It’s amazing that they were so fine at the time that this golf course has stood the test of time for the best players,” Woods said. “And as long as we have become a collegiate course, this golf course remains a challenge.”

Tiger waited in 18th place with co-owners Max Homa and Matt Fitzpatrick, who took home the honors in the box. They waited for the next group to clean up the green, and Woods finally went, “chopping” 3 firewoods to Sen Valley. Everyone got up in the arena, but like Game No. 19 They drove en masse toward the Swilican Bridge, and one by one, people began to flake. The cans, standard holders, and even fellow Woods players took a step and then two more to allow the 15-time main winner to fully encompass the sport’s smallest stage.

“As I was walking on the tee, I could feel the guys stopping, and I looked around.” where the hell [caddie] aerial [Lacava]? He stopped there, said Woods, so I gave him the club. And that’s when I started to realize, ‘Hey…’

“That’s when I started thinking, ‘Next time he comes here, I might not be around. ”

The tiger never broke its stride to cross the bridge, avoiding a choice made by many legends to turn around and wave into the future. He grabbed his hat and thrust it skyward, even though everyone who cares about golf watches him cross the stone bridge.

It was a phase where Woods represented most of his career, a journey that arguably began in this particular place.

In 2000, his second trip to St. Andrews, Woods probably played the best golf course the old course had ever seen. He fired four rounds in the 1960s and won the Claret Jug by eight rounds to complete his Grand Slam career. At the time, he was probably the most solo golfer ever.

“St. Andrews” [in 2000] It was a different level of hitting the ball,” Woods recalls. You hit him much better than you did at Pebble [Beach]. Woods had run the US Open in Pebble Beach by 15 strokes just a month ago.

Tiger encounters a familiar face when crossing the bridge before Homa and Fitzpatrick. Rory McIlroy, preparing to launch at No. 1, walked toward him as Woods walked toward town.

McIlroy has long been the presumed recipient of the wand, the heir apparent to the post-Tiger generation. After shooting 66 in the first round to finish second on an 18-hole at the 150th Open – McIlroy is chasing his first major championship in eight years – he acknowledged the significance of the moment. Rory skillfully tilted his hat toward the tiger. The symbolism was not lost: Woods near the end of the course, McIlroy with the entire game in front of him.

“I saw Rory there,” Tiger said. “He gave me the tip of the hat. It was cool – the gestures I was getting from guys as they were going out and I was coming in, just respect, that was very elegant. And from the brotherhood of the level players, it’s great to see and feel that.”

That level of respect flows into a select few, but by Woods’ third trip here in 2005, after several years of dominance, it became abundantly clear to every golfer in the world that they were dealing with a legend. Tiger won that opener in Saint Petersburg. Andrews five years for the permanently besieged Scotsman, Colin Montgomery.

“In every discipline, everyone is trying to beat Tiger,” Retief Goosen said that year after finishing T5. “You feel like if you finish before him, you win the championship. And that’s how it is in the major tournaments. It’s the same thing again this week. You keep playing, keep trying. When [Jack] Nicklaus was in his prime, everyone was just trying to finish the race in front of him to win a major. It’s the same thing.”

Fans climbed in every direction and made an opening appearance every Friday while Woods continued his run at LA. 18. His group continued to cling to a good distance. Tiger’s clear stride with high shoulders and swinging arm was all that mattered. The lameness was barely perceptible.

Then Tiger Woods did something remarkably rare of someone who has been more plastered across our television screens than anyone in the history of sports. He mourned.

“It’s very moving for me,” Woods said. “I’ve been here since 1995, and I don’t know when – I think the next player will come, what, 2030? – and I don’t know if I’ll be able to play physically by then so, for me, it felt like this was probably my last British Championship. Here in St Andrews.

“I understand what Jack and Arnold are [Palmer] have passed in the past. I was feeling that way in the end. And only collective warmth and understanding. They understand what golf is all about and what it takes to be an open championship champion. I was very lucky and was lucky enough to win this twice here. And I just got so emotional that I don’t know what my health will be like. And I feel like I’ll be able to play a future British Championship, but I don’t know if I’ll be able to play long enough when you’re back here, “Will I keep playing?”

Woods also missed the cut on his last Old Court appearance in 2015. Among the most memorable moments from that open game was Palmer himself crying over what he knows will be his last visit to St. Andrews. The tiger had different kinds of feelings, but the line was the same: St. Andrews is a special place in the world of golf, and it deeply attracts even the toughest guys in the sport.

And then, the closer you get to the green, and the more you go into the hole, the warmer you get and you get — you can feel the warmth and you can feel people from both sides,” Woods said. “I felt like the whole tournament was there.

“They have all appreciated what I’ve done here over the years I’ve played – I’ve won two championships here – my success at the British Open and all the times I’ve enjoyed here in Scotland and playing, I felt like I hit a head there as I walked to my golf ball “.

When Woods stepped in to catch his wounds, they lined up on the balcony of the Hamilton Grande twenty yards behind Tom Morris, the eighteenth hole on the most famous golf course on the planet. Men, women, and children stood up there, behind the blue stands and the famous yellow leaderboard, holding their phones higher.

Bagpipes are played in the distance. Seagulls sway in the foreground. The Scottish sun threw itself into every crevice in the Archaic period. People looked out from every building and hotel in sight as the tiger hit his throw. As far as sights go, there hasn’t been much better, even in St. Andrews.

Woods missed it for 2, and he missed the next for 3. As he scored on a par and a no-nonsense 75, he stared at his bird’s throw line and shook his head puffing out what couldn’t be less. – An important hit.

Super competitor to the end.

The applause finally ended until he walked past the Royal & Ancient Building toward the North Sea and disappeared from view. This may be the last time Tiger Woods takes this walk…or it may not be. A single hole can tell a story, and this hole is telling one we’ve always known to be true.

“I put my heart and soul into this event over the years, and I think people have appreciated my play.”

Mark Emelman joins Rick Gehmann to summarize Friday’s events at the 2022 Open. Go ahead and listen to The First Cut on Apple Podcast And the spotify.

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