With a three-stroke lead before the last round, the Chilean Guillermo “Mito” Pereira, 100th in the world, is on track to create a huge surprise at the USPGA, which will end this Sunday without Tiger Woods.
Overcome by the pain, the golfing legend decided to retire after a nightmarish third round, during which he surrendered one of his worst cards in a Major.
The organizers unsurprisingly made the news official on Twitter.
A few hours earlier, Woods had left a doubt that already spoke volumes.
Asked if he was going to play the last round on Sunday, the 46-year-old American replied: “Well, it hurts.
It is a fact.
We're going to do some work [with the physios] and see how it goes."
A statement from PGA of America President Jim Richerson, PGA on Tiger Woods.
— PGA of America (@PGA) May 22, 2022
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His second comeback, five weeks after the striking successful one at the Masters where he had gone after 72, despite there also fatigue and pain, therefore ended in abandonment.
The second of his Grand Slam career, after that which occurred at the 1995 US Open, when he injured his wrist.
Came back from far away
Fifteen months ago, he was thought lost for golf, after his serious car accident which nearly cost him his right leg and required the insertion of a rod in his tibia and screws to consolidate the bones of the foot and the peg.
The climatic conditions in Southern Hills (Oklahoma) have certainly complicated Woods' life, between the moist heat of Friday and the cold and windy humidity that set in on Saturday, inevitably trying for his joints.
He appeared exhausted after this third round, his steel mind having taken a hit, affected by a rather rare abyssal performance on his part, since he returned a card of 79, nine strokes over par. .
A unit away from his worst Major tally, set in 2002 in the 3rd round of the British Open and repeated in the first round of the 2015 US Open.
British Open goal?
“I didn't do anything good.
I didn't hit a lot of good shots.
Therefore, I ended up with a pretty high score.
I just didn't play well,” he agreed.
It remains to be seen what Woods intends to do in the coming weeks.
The US Open will take place in a month.
If he did not really mention this meeting, he did however make the British Open in Saint Andrews, Scotland, his goal.
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