Golf superstar Tiger Woods fell far back on the PGA Championship after the most third-party major round of his career. At temperatures of only around 13 degrees, the American needed 79 strokes in the Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa/Oklahoma and was nine over par. 53, the 15-time major winner initially deteriorated to position 76 (222 Overall blows).
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In his second tournament since his serious car accident 15 months ago, the cool weather hit the 46-year-old. Woods hobbled across the square in phases during the third round, and again and again he shook his head. The low point was a triple bogey on the 6, from the ninth to the 13th hole, Woods also suffered five bogeys in a row for the first time in his career at one of the four big tournaments. On the 15 he recorded his only blow of the day.
“I just didn’t play well. I didn’t hit the ball well and didn’t have the start that I needed,” said Woods: “I never really had a swing on my side.” When asked whether he would start the final round on Sunday, Woods answered evasively.
When Woods reached the clubhouse on Saturday afternoon (local time) after completing his round, the top players around surprise leaders were not yet on the pitch.
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The German starter Martin Kaymer (Mettmann) and Alex Cejka (Munich), who had missed the cut, were no longer there on Saturday.
The next fairytale comeback of Tiger Woods is on. Only 14 months after his heavy car accident, in which he even feared the loss of his right leg, the 46-year-old superstar from California actually wants to give his comeback at the legendary masters and electrified with this news the golf world. “Stand now I feel that I will play,” Woods said on Tuesday at the official press conference.
There is exceptional terms around the historic Augusta National Golf Club. One of the most famous Sport moderators in the US brought the bustle around the man, who was the number one in his world in his extraordinary career, on the point: should compete with Woods, “then you can play guys all naked and nobody would notice That you are there, “joked the ESPN Anchorman Scott van Pelt. Now that seems to be a dream of being a dream of the fans so long-awaited comeback of the 15-color Major winner.
Tiger Woods on the question of whether he could win
But the ambitious Californian does not just want to play with the Masters starting on this Thursday. On the question of a journalist, whether he could win the Masters, he answered as always confident: “I can!” Rumors that the five times Masters champion could compete in the first major tournament of the year, there was already a week ago. A small message about a secret training round on the beautiful facility on the Magnolia Lane in the US state of Georgia a good week ago, the huge hype triggered. Together with son Charlie and his good friend Justin Thomas, Woods had played all 18 holes on the course. Last Sunday, he traveled to Augusta again to resume preparation for the tournament.
But to the press conference Woods held and spoke of a “tournament decision”. He let her all her fiddles. “He looked like the tiger we saw before the accident”, PGA-Profi Billy Horschel, who watched Woods in Augusta at the balls. The golf swing and the speed are back. In a hurry, the tournament organizers also spread a single-minute video clip of Woods’ training round in the social networks and heated the hype even more.
Masters winner Couples: “He looked phenomenally”
But the crucial question for Woods was: How is your right leg? Can he fully burden that in the accident multi-broken leg? Can he run again complaints? The PAR-72 golf course is one of the hilly courses on the US tour and demands the professionals a belonging portion of fitness. Woods seems to have found the right answer for themselves. “He looked phenomenally,” said the Masters winner of 1992, Fred Couples, after a short round with Woods. “If he can run around 72 holes, he will be able to keep up. He’s just too good.”
Woods and the Augusta National Golf Club – it’s a very special love. 25 years ago Woods wrote in the master with his first major victory golf history. In 1997 he won his first of five Masters titles with the record projection of twelve beats. Also 2001, 2002 and 2005 the US star was able to lure the green winner jacket. 2019 then followed title number five. It was after decades long sympathy with personal depots, injuries and numerous operations of one of the largest and most emotional comebacks of sports history.
His last official PGA tournament was the Masters in November 2020, which had not been held for the usual appointment in the spring because of the Corona Pandemistry in the year. In February 2021, the heavy accident occurred. Woods had died south of Los Angeles by car from the street, had overturned several times and suffered complicated fractures on the right leg. Three weeks he lay in the hospital and then another three months in a hospital bed at home in Florida. Then he began with the rehab and thus his own preparation for the master.
Before thousands of enthusiastic spectatorsTiger Woods has set a strong training round on Monday in Augusta. At the US Masters, the 46-year-old from Thursday around 13 months after his car accident, in which he had suffered heavy leg injuries, there was hardly any comeback.
Under the applause of the audience, Woods played together with the former PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas and Fred Couples, who won the Master’s Masters, a total of nine holes. The 15-color Major winner was “phenomenal” and “very impressive”, said Couples, who is convinced by Woods’ participation in Augusta: “If he runs around here 72 holes long, then he will also compete.”
“Tiger came out of the clubhouse. There were scenes and an atmosphere, as you never saw you before,” wrote the three-time Masters winner Nick Faldo at Twitter: “The guests were cried and crushed around the Putting Green – and that Monday before Masters start. “
“From the Driving Range we could hear the loud roar”
When Woods entered the square, Bryson Dechambeau, US Open Champion of 2020 also trained. “From the Driving Range we could hear the loud roar when he went to the first tee,” said the American: “That was already something very special. “
Woods leaves the golf world so far in the unclear whether he is actually playing the master. He only wanted to continue his preparation and training, he had written on Sunday at Twitter. His name is at least on the report list. As a former winner of the Green Jacket, the former world ranking resident has a lifelong start-up law.