August 9, 2022

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Golf: Tiger Woods misses lower, waves goodbye at open Championship


Tiger Woods wiped away tears amid emotional scenes as he was cheered the complete size of the 18th gap on the Outdated Course on the a hundred and fiftieth Open Championship on Friday.

Regardless of that the previous world primary was about to overlook the midway lower, this was recognition of his standing within the sport.

Woods has gained two of his three Claret Jugs on the revered St Andrews venue and skipped final month’s US Open to make sure he can be match to play his favorite course at this week’s landmark championship.

The 46-year-old didn’t say it could be his ultimate Open Championship however added: “This felt to me like will probably be the final time to play at St Andrews.

“I got here to grasp what Jack [Nicklaus] and Arnold [Palmer] felt prior to now and I felt that manner. They perceive what golf is all about and what it takes to be an Open champion.

“I’ve been fortunate sufficient to win right here twice – it felt emotional as a result of I don’t know whether or not I can play when it comes again right here.”

The Open often returns to St Andrews each 5 years, which might make the subsequent one in 2027, though an official announcement is but to be made.

A gap six-over-par 78 in spherical one left Woods saying he would “want a 66” to make the weekend. That might have been a tall order have been the 15-time main winner in good well being, however nigh-on inconceivable given he’s nonetheless feeling the after-effects of the automotive crash in February 2021 that just about value him his proper leg.

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A smile flashed throughout his face after a birdie on the third. However all ideas of that 66 have been extinguished by bogeys on the fourth and sixth holes.

A run of 9 pars adopted earlier than he tried a flop shot over a greenside bunker on the sixteenth and solely succeeded in sticking his ball within the sand, strolling off with a double-bogey six.

No matter his efficiency, Woods was cheered around the hyperlinks by 1000’s of followers longing for a glimpse of the person who has had such a big impact on the sport over the previous quarter of a century.

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