Why Tiger Woods withdrew from the PGA Championship when Matt Fitzpatrick’s eyes win

Tiger Woods will not complete the U.S. PGA Championship

Tiger Woods will not complete US PGA Championship (Image: Getty)

Tiger Woods will not finish the U.S. PGA Championship after withdrawing ahead of his final round at the Southern Hills due to an injury.

Woods, who only made his second appearance after a life-threatening car accident in February 2021, endured his third worst round in a major on Saturday, shooting a nine-over 79 that left him common ground at +12.

The 46-year-old also played five bogeys in a row for the first time in a major since becoming a professional in 1996.

Woods said: ‘I just did not play well. I did not hit the ball very well. I am sore. I know it’s a fact. We’re doing some work and seeing how it goes. ‘

PGA of America President Jim Richerson later confirmed: ‘Tiger Woods has informed us that he is retiring from the 2022 PGA Championship.

“We admire Tiger’s brave efforts to compete here in the Southern Hills and wish him all the best as he continues to recover from his injuries.”

At the top of the leaderboard is England’s Matt Fitzpatrick just three shots behind surprise leader Mito Pereira, who enters Sunday’s final round.

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Matthew Fitzpatrick has thrived in the Southern Hills (Photo: Getty)

The 27-year-old is in second place along with Will Zalatoris on six under after three under 67 in the third round.

“I look forward to whatever happens,” Fitzpatrick said. – I have played well for at least three rounds.

‘I’ve had the experience of being at the helm before in Europe, and a major is completely different. This is the first time I’m in proper combat, so I look forward to trying to keep as level as possible. ‘

Chilean Pereira, who is only making his second appearance in a major, added: ‘If you play really good golf during the week, you will win – it doesn’t matter if it’s your first time or your 10th time.

‘I just want to try to keep my head in the moment, also try to enjoy it as I’m in the final mating of a major. If you had told me that two or three years ago, it would be unreal. ‘

Meanwhile, there was disappointment for Rory McIlroy as he escaped nine shots from the lead with a four-over par 74 on Saturday.

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