TULSA, Okla – Tiger Woods, who was still struggling to get back after a serious leg injury in a car crash last year, has left the PGA Championship.
Woods, the event’s four-time winner, was limping and moving strongly on Saturday. He hit more than 9 79. After leaving on Friday, Woods dropped for more than 12 tournaments, which was the last. Saturday’s result was Woods’ highest score in 22 PGA Championship matches, spanning 81 rounds.
His stalled gait and deteriorating game were so astonishing that Woods was asked if he was still going to play in the fourth round on Sunday.
“Okay, it hurts,” he replied. “I know this is a fact. We will do the job and see how it goes. ”
He did not say whether he would play in another tournament.
Others fought in the weather.
The last PGA Championship was played at Tulsa’s Southern Hills Country Club in 2007, with temperatures reaching 105 degrees. But that was in Oklahoma in August.
The PGA Championship is now being held in May, and Saturday’s third round brought temperatures into the 50s, with raging winds and a field plagued by tax conditions.
The shots, which were unpredictable with reversible blasts, saw a group of golfers fighting for the lead, including Chilean Mito Pereira, who led his teammates through the middle of his round. But second-round leader Will Zalatori, who has finished in the top ten in the last five major championships, caught Pereira a few holes later.
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Then Cameron Young, the young rising star in the PGA Tour, and Buba Watson, the 43-year-old two-time Masters champion, were charged at the lead intervals.
When the game ended Saturday night, Pereira, 27, who is playing in the second major golf championship, confidently, albeit boldly, regained first place in the leaderboard. After 69 of the third round, he will enter the final round on Sunday with a three-point advantage over Zlator and Englishman Matthew Fitzpatrick.
Pereira, after an obstacle in the middle of the round, pushed the other contenders for the third round sideways to the 13th and 14th holes in a row. Then, with the crowded 18th Green Tribune that he was a fan of, he ended the day by diving into a 27-foot-tall chitchik to move nine to the bottom of the tournament.
Although Pereira, who is ranked 100th in the world, is not known for professional golf, he has won three of the top 20 finishes on the PGA Tour this year and has won three times on the Korn Ferry Tour, the tour of the Premier League Minor League.
Zalatoris started smoothly on Saturday, shooting four of 39 in the previous nine, but refraining from shooting a rocky 73.
After making the first two holes, Fitzpatrick was five down during the rest of the round and shot at 67.
Young, whose husband is David Young, a longtime golf professional at the Sleepy Hollow Country Club on the outskirts of New York, paid late when the 296-yard par. 4 Drill the 17th hole on the green and make a short putch. With four shots in his round, Young shot 67 and was fourth in the bottom five overall.
After a sparkling front table, Watson, who hit the ball in seven bunkers during Saturday’s round, was shocked and hit 73 and moved up to seventh place.
On Saturday, Woods’ troubles were undoubtedly exacerbated by Tulsa weather. With five backs to surgery, Woods has not liked to play in cold, damp conditions for more than a decade because it reduces the flexibility and fluidity of his golf swings. He is also still making the necessary changes to the game as he continues to recover from last year’s car crash that left several bones shattered in his lower right leg.
These restrictions were fully manifested even before Woods was restrained on Saturday morning when his restored right leg took its place when he landed on a slope next to a training bunker and almost fell into the sand. Woods had to use a golf club and take a quick step with his left foot to stay upright.
As soon as his round started, it was obvious that Woods’ reduced physical abilities would drastically affect his account. Shot in the second hole, it fell into one of its streams and led to the bogeyman. He recovered with three pars, but then crushed the 218-yard 3rd to 6th hole. By that time Woods was already seeing pain and was having particular difficulty hitting the irons at the required distances. A few were not even online.
At the sixth hole his blow was short and left and hit the water hazard. After a penalty kick, his third shot was a rough from the green, and the subsequent chip, which required about 30 yards to pass, covered only half of that distance. After two shots, Woods had a triple bogeyman.
He then drilled six of the next seven holes. Woods seemed shy and angry, but continued to march. Always a grinder, he assembled four barks and a bird in his last five holes to avoid shooting 80.
“I did not kick the ball very well and I got to the start from where I needed to go,” Woods said later. “I thought I hit 2 on a good thesis and ended up in the water, and I just never got any momentum on my side.
“I could not get off the Boggs train there. Like I said, I just did not do it – I did not do anything right. I have not done many good blows. Therefore, I finished with a rather high score. “