Tiger Woods withdraws from PGA Championship due to injury after worst round at event as golf legend winced to joint-last despite valiant effort


Tiger Woods has withdrawn from the PGA Championship due to injury after the third round at Southern Hills.

The 46-year-old, who is still recovering from a near-fatal car crash in February 2021, shot his highest-ever round at the event on Saturday by carding a 79.

The four-time PGA Championship winner will not complete 72 holes in Tusla

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The four-time PGA Championship winner will not complete 72 holes in Tusla

An inspiring Woods battled to make the cut by one shot on Friday, despite clear signs of pain, but struggled desperately in the third round as temperatures dropped.

It mirrored his display at the Masters in April, when the 15-time Major winner showed glimpses of promise on the opening two days, before shooting his worst-ever round at Augusta with a 78 on day three.

Woods won the PGA Championship at Southern Hills in 2007, but pulls out this year in joint-last place – on 12-over par and 21 shots from Mito Pereira’s lead.

A statement from PGA of America President Jim Richerson read: “Tiger Woods has informed us that he is withdrawing from the 2022 PGA Championship.

“We admire Tiger’s valiant effort to compete here at Southern Hills and wish him the best as he continues to recover from his injuries.”

At times throughout the tournament, the 15-time Major winner looked in severe discomfort, and some expected him to withdraw after a difficult finish to his opening round.

It is the first time Woods has ever withdrawn from a Major in 89 appearances

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It is the first time Woods has ever withdrawn from a Major in 89 appearances

Fifteen months ago, there were fears Woods would have his right leg amputated after open fractures to both the tibia and fibula, along with serious foot and ankle injuries.

His decision to skip proceedings on Sunday throws his participation at the US Open, in four weeks’ time, into major doubt.

Woods has already committed to playing the 150th Open at St Andrews, the Home of Golf, in July – and his focus will now surely turn to Scotland.

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