After a horrific car accident in February 2021 that nearly cost him his right leg, Tiger is making his third official start of the year. Woods said last week that the grind has been worth it despite the hours of treatment and rehabilitation he undergoes every tournament round.
“It’s been hard,” he said at the JP McManus Pro-Am in Ireland. “I’ve had some very difficult days and some days when moving off the couch is a hell of a task, and that’s just the way it is.”
While making the cut at the Masters and PGA Championship, Woods appeared in significant discomfort. It was the first time in his career that he was unable to finish a major, as he withdrew before the final round at Southern Hills.
Due to his physical setback, Woods was unable to compete in last month's US Open, but he had long circled his return to St. Andrews, which he has described as his favourite course in the world. His two Open wins occurred here in 2000 and 2005, and he missed the cut in 2015.
The 150th Open may be Tiger Woods' last opportunity to play at a competitive level at St. Andrews, but the golfer laughed off speculation that he might retire.
“Who, me? Retire?! No,” he said in an interview with Sky Sports, seeming genuinely surprised by the line of questioning. “No, no, no, no, no, no, no. I’m not retiring.
"I’m never going to play a full schedule ever again. My body just won’t allow me to do that. I don’t know how many Open Championships I have left here at St. Andrews, but I wanted this one."
So it looks like Tiger isn't looking to retire any time soon, which is amazing news for golf fans around the world. How well do you think he will play in the 150th Open Championship this year?
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