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Hurting Tiger Woods struggles to 79 and ponders pullout at PGA

Tiger Woods of the United States plays a shot on the 11th hole during the third round of the 2022 PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club on May 21, 2022 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by Christian Petersen / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

Tiger Woods of the USA performs a shot on the eleventh gap throughout the third spherical of the 2022 PGA Championship at Southern Hills Nation Membership on Might 21, 2022 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.   (Getty Photos through AFP)

TULSA – Tiger Woods struggled to the third-worst main spherical of his profession with a nine-over par 79 in Saturday’s third spherical of the PGA Championship and the 15-time main winner wouldn’t decide to enjoying Sunday’s remaining spherical.

Requested if he positively would play on Sunday after he limped via the third spherical on his injured proper leg, Woods replied, “Nicely, I’m sore. I do know that’s for a truth.

“We’ll do some work and see the way it goes.”

Woods made 5 consecutive bogeys at a significant for the primary time in his profession from the ninth via thirteenth holes and stood on 12-over 222 after 54 holes at rain-hit Southern Hills.

“I didn’t do something proper,” Woods mentioned. “I didn’t hit many good photographs. Consequently I ended up with a fairly excessive rating.”

Woods, who suffered extreme proper leg harm in a February 2021 automotive crash, shared 76th — final place among the many 79 gamers who made the reduce.

Woods struggled to his worst-ever rating in 79 PGA Championship rounds and his solely worse main scores had been a 10-over 81 within the third spherical of the 2002 British Open and a 10-over 80 within the first spherical of the 2015 US Open.

“I simply didn’t play properly,” Woods mentioned. “I didn’t hit the ball very properly and obtained off to not the beginning I wanted to get off to.”

After Woods spent weeks hospitalized and months unable to stroll, he recovered properly sufficient to return solely 14 months later finally month’s Masters, sharing forty seventh and happy to stroll all 72 holes.

However after struggling to his worst Masters rounds with weekend 78s, Woods once more couldn’t comply with the trouble to make a reduce in Tulsa with a stable spherical.

Former world primary Woods, now ranked 818th, has mentioned all week his proper leg hurts after rounds with restricted mobility and energy.

He requires ice baths and bodily remedy between rounds to allow his proper leg — held collectively by rods, plates, screws and pins — to have the energy to stroll the 7,556-yard course.

Woods sank a 13-foot par putt on the first gap however discovered water off the second tee on the best way to a bogey then lipped out a five-foot birdie putt on the fourth.

“I believed I hit a very good tee shot down two and ended up within the water, and simply by no means actually obtained any type of momentum on my facet,” Woods mentioned.

After one other tee-shot splashdown on the sixth, Woods hit into greenside tough and wanted three to get down for triple bogey, then missed a six-foot putt to bogey the seventh.

Tiger rides bogey prepare

At 9, Woods embedded a ball in bunker-side grass blasting out of the sand and wanted an eight-foot putt to salvage bogey and a six-over 41 on the entrance 9.

That started his run of 5 bogeys in a row, errant tee photographs costing him again and again.

“I couldn’t get off the bogey prepare there,” Woods mentioned.

Woods sank a 36-foot putt on the par-4 fifteenth for his solely birdie of the day and closed with three pars.

South African Shaun Norris, who performed alongside Woods on Saturday, was amazed at his ache tolerance.

“He grinds via all the things and pushes himself, even all of the ache,” Norris mentioned. “It’s not simple to see a man like him should undergo that and wrestle like that.

“He’s swinging it properly and I believe he’ll be again as soon as he will get again to regular well being and types out all the issues.”


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