British Open – Despite his failure at Saint Andrews, Tiger Woods does not give up golf: “I’m not retiring”

Tiger Woods, a legend struck down by the Old Course. The Tiger was curtly sent back to his studies for his return to the mythical course of Saint Andrews, the lair of golf on the Old Continent. But he will leave the UK with a sense of accomplishment.

Unable to make the cut with a card of +9, the man with 15 Grand Slams went through an ordeal, but also took the whip of the love of golf fans, which made him cry a few times. If he did not expect a miracle on the greens, communion with the public gave him a little joy, he who tamed the place twice in 2000 and 2005.

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Every time I come back to play at the British Open on the Old Course, I think it’s fantastic. And that’s why the ovation at 18 touched me so much. There’s also the nods that I’m running the other players as I pass by, Rory (McIlroy) dragged me off taking off his cap, like JT (Justin Thomas, editor’s note)“, commented Woods regarding his comeback from the 18th hole fairway.

As I got closer to the hole, the ovation grew louder and warmer. It was as if the tournament came down to that moment. People have appreciated what I’ve done all these years of playing, and playing in Scotland. It all came back to me as I headed for my ball“.

Tiger Woods waves to the crowd after the 18th hole of the Old Course, Saint Andrews, during the British Open 2022

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I clearly didn’t play well enough

His victory, above all, is to have replayed one last time in this legendary course. After the physical struggles due to his car accident at the start of 2021, Woods achieved a small miracle here, as was the case in Augusta at the start of the year. Unlikely to return to Scotland as a player.

I was very moved. I’ve been coming here since 1995 and I think the next British Open to be played here will be around 2030… I don’t know if I’ll be physically able to play then. So it was maybe my last British Open in Saint Andrews. So this ovation, the fervor of the people, it was an incredible feeling. These people understand what golf is and what it takes to win a British Open. Me, I had the chance to defeat him twice here.”

Despite this very difficult time to live, the Californian was firm on one point: he put aside any withdrawal from the competition. His physical limitations, especially his right leg, will not stop him. “I’m not retiring“, he reassured. On the other hand, he recognized his lack of level in the United Kingdom.

I made mistakes these two dayshe commented. Again today, I had trouble feeling the greens. I was still too short on many putts. Like yesterday. I never managed to find a dynamic. I had to make a low score today, I’m far from it… And I didn’t play this weekend. I clearly didn’t play well enough. I would have liked to play better. I fought a lot, but it never materialized. Saint Andrews is still my favorite course.

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No Wood until 2023, except miracle

What next for Tiger Woods in 2022? Absolutely nothing. “I have nothing planned. Nothing. Zero“, he admitted. The American tried the blow on the Grand Slams, but the pangs of the circuit do not seem to interest him for the moment.

I just hope to play this tournament this year. And I was lucky enough to be able to play three of them. In addition, all Majors“, Satisfied the former master of the discipline. It will probably be necessary to wait until 2023 to see the Tiger on the greens again. That time will be long.

Tiger Woods at the British Open 2022

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