Tiger Woods misses the cut after completing the second round of the Open Championship 3 times

Street. ANDREWS, SCOTLAND – When Tiger Woods begins his walk down the 18th lane of the old track at St. Andrews, on Friday, noted that the pack, Joe LaCava, and play partners, Matt Fitzpatrick and Max Homma, had stopped behind him.

The trio were waiting for Woods, a three-time Open Open winner, to cross the famous Swilcan Bridge. As Woods slowly walked across the famous stone landmark at the House of Golf, he raised his hat to the thousands of fans who were cheering for him. Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas, walking down the adjacent first hole lane, waved their hats at the Woods.

“That’s when I started to realize, next time he comes in here, I might not be around,” Woods said.

Woods, the 15-time main champ, wiped a few tears before hitting 18th.

“I’m not one to get tears often about anything,” Woods said. “But when it comes to the game and the passing, just the transition, I was lucky enough in 1995 to watch Arnold [Palmer] Hit the first tee in the second round while I was going to the range.

And I could hear Jack [Nicklaus] play his last role [in 2005]. I was probably about four holes behind him. But just hearing the applause getting louder and louder, I felt like I was coming [this year]. People knew I wasn’t going to cut the number I was on. But the applause got louder when I got home. And that for me was – I felt, just respect. I have always respected this event. I’ve always respected the traditions of the game.”

Woods, a three-time winner of The Open, including in 2000 and 2005 at St. Andrews, he won’t be around to celebrate his 150th anniversary this weekend. He made 3-over-75 in the second round, and his 36-hole scoreline of 9 was well behind the leaderboard.

Given R&A’s turnover, The Open likely won’t be returning to St. Andrews until 2027, at the earliest, when Woods turns 51. Andrews – but he said it wasn’t quite the last.

“I’m not going to retire from the game,” Woods said. “But I don’t know if I will be physically able to play here again when you come back again. I will be able to play a future British Championship, yes, but after eight years, I doubt I will be. Competitive at this level.”

More than 16 months after being seriously injured in a car wreck outside Los Angeles in February 2021, Woods said he doesn’t know when he’ll play in a championship again. It may not be until late November, when he hosts the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, which benefits his foundation and other charities.

“I have nothing, nothing planned. Zero,” Woods said. “Maybe something next year. I don’t know. But nothing in the near future. That is. I was just hoping to play that one event this year. And I was lucky enough, once again, [to get] Three events in, all of which are majors. So I feel very lucky that things happen this way [after] The difficulties I went through to get to this point.”

Woods’ rivals had hoped this wouldn’t be the last time they saw him in St. Andrews.

“I don’t know if this will be the last tiger here,” Scotty Scheffler said Friday. “Maybe he talked about it a little bit, but he is a very flexible guy who loves to compete. We will see what he has in store for us in the next few years. Anytime you can see this guy on the golf course, especially the old course, it is really special.”

England’s Terrell Hutton also hoped that Woods would return to St. Andrews plays again.

“if it was [the end]It would be a very sad day, Hutton said. It will be a sad day for golf when that time generally comes. But like I said, I hope that doesn’t happen. For us players, having him around is great. When he fell into the wreckage of that car, [we] I don’t know if we’ll bring it back. Just having him play golf is very special to all of us.”

Woods was asked if he might be able to play more events in the future, which would allow him to better prepare for competition in the majors. After his wreck, he said surgeons nearly had to amputate his right leg. It took several months to regain enough strength to walk again, not to mention the driver swaying and walking 18 holes.

“I understand being a bit tougher in battle, but it’s just hard to walk and play 18 holes,” Woods said. “People have no idea what to do and the hours to work on the body, before and after[round]Every day, to do what I just did. That’s what people don’t understand – they don’t see. And then you think about playing more events on top of that, it’s hard enough just to do what I did.”

Woods unexpectedly returned to competition in the Masters in April. He shot 1-under 71 in the opening round and made the cut before fading out over the weekend in cold weather. He finished 47th, with 6 cards on 78 in each of the last two rounds, his worst score at Augusta National.

In May, Woods also made the cut in the PGA Championship at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He rushed to make the cut with a 1-under 69 in the second round but had to pull out after 54 punctures due to pain in his surgically repaired leg. He fired 9-over 79 in the third round, his worst result in the PGA Championship.

Woods appears to be heading for another trough in St. Andrews, but Friday played better. He mostly avoided the big misses and three fouls that plagued him in the opening round, hitting 6-over 78.

“I’m a little bit touched that I won’t be playing this weekend,” Woods said. “I definitely didn’t play well enough to be around. I wish I was playing better. I wish I had a little better break on the first hole yesterday and maybe started a little bit better. But that’s just kind of everything. It went from there. It didn’t materialize.” Kinda never. I struggled so hard, unfortunately, I could never change it.”

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