TULSA, Okla. –Tiger Woods withdrew from the PGA Championship after posting his worst score in the event on Saturday.
After hitting a 9 of 79 in the third round, Woods told a reporter at the Southern Hills Country Club pool that he would assess whether he should return to the course and play the final 18 holes on Sunday.
“Well, I hurt. I know that’s a fact,” Woods told a poolside reporter. “We will work and see how it goes.”
With temperatures dropping into the mid-50s, pouring rain and howling winds, conditions were tough for almost everyone on Saturday. But especially for Woods, 46, who is on just his second tour since being seriously injured in a car accident in February 2021. Temperatures are expected to return to cool on Sunday.
“Tiger Woods has informed us that he is retiring from the 2022 PGA Championship,” said PGA of America President Jim Richerson. “We admire Tiger’s valiant efforts to compete here in Southern Hills and wish him the best as he continues to recover from his injuries.”
After making five straight bogeys in a major for only the second time (along with the 1996 US Open first round), Woods made his only birdie of the round with a 37-foot putt on the par-4 15th.
He finished the third round tied for 76th, 12 above, and was 21 strokes behind leader Mito Pereira. This is the first time Woods has retired from a major championship as a professional. He withdrew from the 1995 US Open with a wrist injury after the second round as an amateur. It is the first time he has withdrawn from a PGA Tour event since exiting after shooting 75 in the 2019 Northern Trust first round.
Woods has not committed to play in the next major tournament, the US Open, which is scheduled for June 16-19 at the Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts. Woods, a 15-time major champion, said he plans to compete at the 150th Open Championship in St. Andrews, Scotland July 14-17.
Woods struggled mightily playing in cold weather at both the Masters and the PGA Championship. After making the cut at Augusta National in April, Woods posted 6-of-78 scores in each of the final two rounds, which is his career-worst scores there.
According to ESPN Stats & Information research, Woods played 321 rounds at the majors from 1995 to 2020 and posted just five scores of 78 or worse. He has three such scores in seven rounds in the majors this year.
With five more weeks for his leg to heal and get stronger, Woods was hoping for better results in Southern Hills. But he struggled in the two laps in which he had morning tee times. Saturday’s dramatic weather change did not help his chances.
“You know, he’s such a phenomenal player,” said South African Shaun Norris, who played with Woods on Saturday and shot a 4 for 74. “You feel sorry that he has to go through this. But again you also see the kind of person he is, that he goes through everything and pushes himself through all the pain its not easy to see a guy like him having to go through this and struggle like that.