Tiger Woods may have played his last competitive round at The Open on the Old Course.
The three-time Open champion, who won two of those titles at St. Andrews, shot 3-over 75 in the second round Friday to finish the day at 9-over overall. He is not expected to make the cut and play the last two rounds over the weekend.
The crowd seemed to sense it, too, giving him a rousing sendoff as he walked up the 18th fairway.
Before this year’s tournament, Woods called the Old Course “historic” and his “favorite.” He won the claret jug at St. Andrews in 2000 and 2005.
But this year his struggles started on the very first hole when he sent his second shot into the Swilcan Burn. He made double bogey and finished the day at 6-over 78.
Perhaps it was too much to expect Woods to contend this week, despite being one of the greatest players to pick up a golf club.
After all, he is playing on a right leg pieced together from a February 2021 car crash. It is only his third event of 2022 — all of them have been major championships — and first in nearly two months.
The 46-year-old Woods said this week he has no idea how long he’ll be able to compete physically at the highest level because of his battered body. So it meant he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to play St. Andrews, perhaps for one last time on the stage where he won two of his three British Open titles.
Now, it appears his run has ended before the tournament’s final two rounds.
Reporting from The Associated Press.
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