Tiger Woods has withdrawn from the PGA Championship at Southern Hills after a third-round 79 but golf fans just applauded his effort.
Golf fans can’t help but continue to admire Tiger Woods and the adversity that he overcame just to compete at The Masters and, a month later, this week’s 2022 PGA Championship. Even more awe-striking was Woods making the cut at Augusta and then doing so after a poor first round at Southern Hills as he answered with a 1-under round of 69 on Friday.
But throughout both rounds, it was apparent that Tiger was in a substantial amount of pain. That was even more obvious on Saturday in Round 3 as Woods struggled moving around in the cold conditions that took over Tulsa. Even worse, it showed most blatantly on his scorecard as Woods carded a 79 and dropped outside of the Top 70.
After the round, Woods was asked about the possibility of withdrawing from the tournament and he seemingly was open to idea, a shocking revelation given his competitive nature. Not long after the conclusion of the third round, the PGA of America revealed that Tiger Woods indeed has withdrawn from the tournament.
Tiger Woods withdraws at PGA Championship: Golf fans celebrate his effort
Rather than admonish the legendary figure in the sport, though, golf fans showed their appreciation for the grit and determination Woods showed to just grind it out and make the cut while showing up on Saturday.
That last tweet is certainly fair to ponder as Woods would almost surely fight through it if he had a chance to win.
On the whole, though, it might be a good thing for Woods in the long run to take the round off and let his body recover. If he plans on playing the U.S. Open at Brookline, he will have a similar toll taken on him by hilly, rough terrain. The best thing he can do is to take it easy where he can.