The extraordinary, Tiger Woods, says goodbye to Saint Andrews
Tiger Woods thanks the crowd and wipes a tear as he walks up the fairway of hole 18 at Saint Andrews. After two failed rounds, Tiger Woods will not pass the cut of the British Open and says goodbye to the cradle of golf.
“I’m not retiring,” said Tiger Woods. “But I don’t know if I’ll still be physically able to come back here to St. Andrews when it’s his turn to host the British Open,” he added to explain his tears and his ostentatious way of waving to the crowd.
“I will still play British Opens, but in eight years (the time he evaluates before the tournament returns to Saint Andrews, ed.), I do not think I will still be competitive enough,” he insisted.
Tiger Woods is 46 years old, and despite his health problems, Tiger Woods was able to fulfill his recovery goal and play the 150th British Open on the historical course of Saint Andrews.
Despite everything, Tiger Woods did not welcome him with open arms: after the first card of +6 on Thursday, July 14, the man with 15 Majors – including three British Opens, two of which were won at Saint Andrews – returned a final card of +3, for a total of +9. This will be well above the cut.
I made some mistakes these two days,” he said. Again today, I had trouble feeling the greens. I came up short on a lot of putts again. Just like yesterday.
“I was never able to find any momentum. I was supposed to shoot a low score today, I’m nowhere near it… And I won’t play this weekend,” he lamented.
Tiger Woods finished what should be his last round on the Old Course on par after putting for eagle and a missing birdie on a comma.
Tiger Woods was very disappointed, head down and face serious; he passed one last time, at least competitively, in front of the porch of the Royal and Ancient, the building that houses the body that governs the rules of golf (except in the United States and Mexico subject to the U.S. body USGA).
“My son will probably want to come back and play. Since I was fortunate enough to be named an honorary member of the Royal and Ancient, I have my locker. That’s pretty classy. And because of that, I’ll get a tee time. So I might come back and play for fun…” he said.
Earlier this week, before the tournament began, he recalled that he was still hoping “to be able to walk a few months ago.
Then, he returned in April at the Augusta Masters, where he failed to finish 47th after two successful first rounds. He then dropped out in the third round of the PGA Championship before giving up the US Open.
So “to be here, for my sixth Open at Saint Andrews, able to play on this course where golf was born, is fantastic,” he said.