Tiger Woods accepted on Sunday he’s completed as a full-time golfer however revealed that he’ll play within the Open Championship at St Andrews this summer time. Woods’ weekend struggles on the Masters the place he shot two 78s – his worst rounds at Augusta – confirmed to the 15-time Main champion that the accidents he sustained in a automotive crash 14 months in the past imply he will probably be bodily unable to play often at prime stage.
He’s unsure if he’ll compete within the subsequent Main – the USPGA at Southern Hills subsequent month. However the announcement that he’ll play within the a hundred and fiftieth Open in July is a big enhance for the occasion together with his presence within the Masters discipline drawing file viewing figures for the occasion within the USA.
“I received’t be enjoying a full schedule ever once more. It should simply be the massive occasions,” stated Woods. “I don’t know if I’ll play Southern Hills however I’m wanting ahead to St Andrews. That’s one thing that’s close to and pricey to my coronary heart. I’ve received two Opens there.
“It’s the house of golf and it’s my favorite golf course on the earth. I will probably be there for that one however something in between I don’t know. I’ll attempt to prepare for Southern Hills and see what this physique will let me do.”
Woods actually limped over the Masters end line on Sunday, bending like Groucho Marx to climb the final hill to the 18th inexperienced. He was ending earlier than the ultimate group of Scottie Scheffler and Cam Smith had even began and going backwards by the sphere.
But to hearken to the noise as he approached the tip of a momentous four-day journey you may need thought he had simply received his sixth Inexperienced Jacket. He had used a driver for a lot of his ultimate spherical as a strolling support however, regardless of the ache stage, was too proud to make use of it for the final emotive curtain name because the 1000’s shoehorned across the inexperienced rose in popularity of the 46-year-old who made it again towards all odds.
There have been quieter ovations for Masters winners. It had been the identical all spherical with the patrons cheering Woods for his fortitude in making it again to play one other Masters fairly than his golf.
There wasn’t a lot golf-wise to have fun – only a single birdie on the second gap original from a 335-yard drive – however they celebrated anyway at him simply being there. “Thankyou Tiger,” many known as out, simply grateful to have seen him strolling the fairways once more.
His daughter Sam, following him round in purple leggings to match her dad’s well-known Sunday shirt, should have swelled with delight. Amongst the hordes transferring round Augusta Nationwide in his wake was additionally a thickset gentleman in duplicate golf package who appeared identical to Bryson DeChambeau. It was Bryson DeChambeau. The World No 19 missed the reduce however he wasn’t about to overlook Woods again at Augusta on a Sunday.
On Saturday night time there was a quick second of doubt whether or not he would even be there. He appeared as a lot of a wreck because the automotive he turned over at 85mph in California after his third spherical slog. However that thought shortly receded. That is Tiger Woods. Giving up shouldn’t be in his vocabulary.
His targets had been progressively downgraded by the match. Having damaged par extremely within the first spherical he was speaking about profitable. Then because it wore on to moving into competition for a again 9 cost and at last to creating stage par for the match. He missed that final one by 13 pictures ultimately.
However to have made the reduce and earned the appropriate to his ovations yesterday was, in its personal means, his Inexperienced Jacket. “I’m grateful simply to get up to now, I really am,” stated Woods. “Simply to have the ability to play, and never solely simply to play, however put up an excellent first spherical… I obtained myself there.
“I do not fairly have the endurance that I want to have had, however as of some weeks in the past, I did not even know if I used to be going to play on this occasion. It has been a tricky street, and one which I am very grateful to have the chance to have the ability to grind by it.”
For as soon as Woods, the final word competitor, realised that participating was the profitable for him together with his presence carrying a message to his tens of millions of followers worldwide. “By no means quit. All the time chase after your desires. And I struggle every day,” stated Woods. “Every day is a problem. Every day presents its personal completely different challenges for all of us. I get up and begin the struggle once more.”