historical march

historical march

ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND | When Tiger Woods rushed into the aisle of 18me and when he crossed the Swilcan Bridge from the Old Course at St Andrews on Friday, the tens of thousands of spectators rose from the huge stands to cheer the golfer on with the three Claret Jugs.

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As soon as he left the mound, his teammates Max Homa and Matt Fitzpatrick slowed down to leave the immense expanse of grass for the 46-year-old Tiger. At a brisk pace, he crossed the iconic stone culvert, waving his cap. Y…

Seeing the ovation gather momentum, his departure immediately became part of the rich history of the British Open. Woods lowered his head and put his hand to his eyes to dry some tears. He then continued to shake his cap at the viewers who have supported him since 1995.

“I felt all this collective and respectful warmth. They understand the meaning of golf and everything it takes to become an open champion. I was lucky enough to win twice at St Andrews, ”explained the one who is certainly not the most brawler on the set.

“It was a very emotional moment, because I don’t know what life has in store for me in terms of my health,” he continued after delivering his 75 (+3) card, thus displacing him from the weekend rounds. due to a cumulative score of +9.

Unknown rotation after 2025

This was his last walk through the heart of 18me in St Andrews as part of the Open?

Quite possibly.

Because the Royal and Ancient (R&A) have not confirmed a return to the Old Course before 2026 or 2027. Woods and Jon Rahm believe it would be more like July 2030.

The Tiger will then be over fifty years old. With the injuries and age, he will no longer be competitive.

“I can still play in the next British Open, but I don’t know if I’ll still be able to play when it’s played here again.

“So I feel like this is my last Open at St Andrews. The spectators, the cheers and the heat made it an incredible moment. »

Woods well remembers saying goodbye to Arnold Palmer in 1995, when he was playing his first British Open. He witnessed the first tee shot from him in the second round. And in 2005, he saw Jack Nicklaus take a bow on the Swilcan Bridge. He remembers very well these unique moments and the loud and warm applause from the crowd.


At each hole, an imposing course follows in the footsteps of the legendary Tiger Woods.  On the 10th hole on Friday, many of them wanted to immortalize the impetus of what is considered the best golfer in the history of this sport.

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At each hole, an imposing course follows in the footsteps of the legendary Tiger Woods. On the 10th hole on Friday, many of them wanted to immortalize the impetus of what is considered the best golfer in the history of this sport.

your moment

Showing up on the mound of 18me, never thought about the moment that awaited him, because he hesitated between two suits. Wood 3 or wood 5?

After a good 3 wood slap that propelled his ball a few meters from the green, his playing partners and caddies left him to go alone to the Swilcan Bridge.

He looked for his caddy Joe LaCava to give him his club. Afraid of the moment, he had intentionally left him one step ahead.

“That’s when I realized what was going to happen,” Woods said at a news conference a few minutes after handing over his card, eyes still bright.


On the 18th green, Woods once again let himself be carried away by emotion in a long hug with his caddy Joe LaCava.

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On the 18th green, Woods once again let himself be carried away by emotion in a long hug with his caddy Joe LaCava.

“I thought about the next Open this year. Maybe I won’t be there. And when I saw Rory on the fairway of the first hole waving at me as he lowered his cap, I really appreciated it. Justin Thomas did the same on the first tee. The boys nodded when they saw me advance. It’s a great show of respect. It’s a nice professional fraternity to feel. »

Hearing the cheers in the stands and on Golf Place fairway as he walked onto the green, that’s when emotions flooded through him and he wiped away tears. .

“I felt like this championship was on the line even though people knew I couldn’t resist the blade. They know what I’ve been through. The fans have appreciated what I’ve accomplished over the years, because I put my whole heart and soul into it. I won two of my three titles here. I have been successful in this tournament and in Scotland. Everything came to put me in this march towards my ball.

“I have always respected this championship and the traditions of this sport. I felt all the respect from the fans,” Woods said.


While making his way to the 18th hole, Tiger Woods wiped away some tears to the cheering golf fans.

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While making his way to the 18th hole, Tiger Woods wiped away some tears to the cheering golf fans.

without retirement

The man with 15 major titles has assured that he will not retire any time soon. However, he doesn’t know at all when he will return to competition. Don’t expect to see her in the aisles again before the fall is over. His tournament in the Bahamas, the Hero World Challenge, is scheduled for the week of November 28.

Proud of his success in 2022, as he was able to return to the game 14 months after the terrible traffic accident that crushed his right leg, he participated in three major championships.

On a humorous note, Woods, now an honorary member of the R&A, thinks he will probably return to St Andrews for recreational purposes.

“My son Charlie will definitely want to try this course. I have my locker in the locker room. Since I’m a member, I’ll be able to book a tee time more easily,” she smiled toothily.

So it’s just goodbye.


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