TULSA – Tiger Woods battled a nine-over par 79 in the third round of the PGA Championship on Saturday in the third-worst big round of his career and the 15-time major winner will not be committed to Sunday’s final round.
When asked if he would definitely play on Sunday after his injured right leg was blocked in the third round, Woods replied, “Well, I’m in pain. I know for a fact.
“We’ll do some work and see how it goes.”
Woods made five bogies in a major for the first time in his career from the ninth to the 13th hole and stood at 12-over 222 after 54 holes in the rain-ravaged Southern Hills.
“I didn’t do anything right,” Woods said. “I did not do well. As a result, I ended up with a pretty high score. “
Woods, who suffered serious injuries to his right leg in a car accident in February 2021, is ranked 76th – the last of 79 players to have made the cut.
Woods fought for his worst score in 79 PGA Championship rounds and his only major score was 10-over 81 in the third round of the 2002 British Open and 10-over 80 in the first round of the 2015 US Open.
“I just didn’t play well,” Woods said. “I didn’t hit the ball very well and I didn’t need to get off the start.”
After Woods was hospitalized for a week and unable to walk for a few months, he recovered well enough to return to last month’s Masters after just 14 months, splitting the 47th and happy to walk 72 holes.
But after battling its worst Masters round with Weekend 78, Woods again failed to follow through with a tough round in Tulsa.
Former world number one Woods, now ranked 818th, says he has pain in his right leg all week after rounding with limited mobility and strength.
Her right foot – stuck together by rods, plates, screws and pins – requires an ice bath and physical therapy in a circular motion to gain strength to walk the 7,556-yard course.
Woods sank a 13-foot per put in the first hole but found water from the second tee on the way to a bogie then lifted the five-foot birdie put in the fourth with his beak.
“I thought I hit a good T-shot and ended up in two waters, and I never really got any momentum,” Woods said.
After another T-shot splashdown in the sixth, Woods hit the greenside raffle and needed three to get into the triple bogie, then missed a six-foot put in the seventh bogie.
The tiger boarded the bogie train
At nine, Woods embedded a ball in the bunker-side grass by blasting from the sand and required an eight-foot put to rescue the bogie and a six-over 41 in the front nine.
It started to drive him five bogies in a row, the wrong T-shot he had to spend repeatedly.
“I couldn’t get off the bogie train there,” Woods said.
Woods sank a 36-foot putt in the 15th par-4 for the only bird of his day and closed with three purse.
South Africa’s Shaun Norris, who played with Woods on Saturday, was surprised by his ability to endure the pain.
“He crushes through everything and pushes himself, even all the pain,” Norris said. “It’s not easy for a man like him to go through this and struggle like that.
“She is OK. She is OK. I think she will be back when she is back to normal.
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