Tiger Woods’ 3rd round struggles at PGA Championship spark debate over future | Launderer’s report


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A day after Tiger Woods gritted his teeth and fought his way to an Under-69 to make the 2022 PGA Championship cut, his body let him down.

Woods shot nine of 79 in the third round on Saturday, one of his worst scores in a major championship. The 15-time major winner netted seven bogeys against just one birdie and hit a nasty six on the par-three sixth that served as his tournament nadir.

Social media was buzzing with concern as Woods clearly struggled to physically navigate his way through the round.

Paige Spiranac @PaigeSpiranac

It’s hard to see Tiger in so much pain. The fight he has to put up through this round is amazing

Kyle Tucker @KyleTucker_ATH

Tiger +10 to 13 is a tough watch. And it does him no good. I hope he bows out, even though I hate to say it. https://t.co/UhIUa52CtL

Kevin Van Valkenburg @KVanValkenburg

They don’t think about their old self like we do. They are obsessed with their craft, and they continue to be internally obsessed even though the skill is declining. People thought it was sad to see Jordan struggling. He doesn’t have five a single f—. He loved competition. That’s all he knew.

Chris Fedor @Chris Fedor

I have no idea how Tiger is going to compete in the British Open. The cold temperatures are hell on his aching body. So hard for him to relax in the cold. Four days in a row like today in Southern Hills? Oh man.

Woods is playing in his second tournament since returning from a car accident in February 2021 that nearly resulted in the amputation of his right leg.

Both tournaments followed a similar script, with reasonably solid Thursdays and Fridays before his body failed him over the weekend. At the Masters, Woods managed to stay afloat enough to finish in 47th place.

At the PGA, Woods is currently tied for 76th. Sepp Straka is the only player who made the cut who has a lower overall score.

It has been both admirable and difficult to watch Woods try to hold on and compete at the highest level while clearly moving around in a diminished state. His sheer determination is what made him arguably the greatest athlete of his generation.

That said, it’s clear that Tiger is going to go all the way and push his body to the brink, for better or for worse.


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