St Andrews: Tiger Woods said he was moved to tears as he walked down the 18th fairway and – although he didn’t feel like stopping at the Swilcan Bridge, the site of the traditional farewell for outgoing golf champions – his caddy stood aside and let him go alone .
The 15-time Major winner took off his cap to appreciate the cheers that grew louder and louder as he played the Old Course back nine.
While Woods was very clear that this would not be his last Open, St Andrews is unlikely to host it again for the next five years – there’s a chance Wood’s body won’t withstand the rigors of tournament golf until he does next time to St Andreas.
“Yeah, it’s very emotional for me,” Woods said. “I’ve been coming here since 1995, and I don’t know when – I think the next one will be in what year, 2030? – I don’t know if I’ll be physically able to play by then.
“So for me it felt like this was my last British Open here at St Andrews. And the fans, the ovations and the warmth, it was an incredible feeling.
“As I walked off the tee I felt the guys stop and I looked around, where the hell is Joey [LaCava, my caddie]? He stopped back there, so I gave him the bat. That’s when I realized, hey, that’s when I started thinking, next time it comes here I might not be available to play anymore.”
Woods, professional as ever, added that after leaving the 17th green his thoughts weren’t what he was going to do on the bridge, just what club to hit off the tee.
“I was just thinking of a five-wood or three-wood. Hit Five Wood yesterday, got there and rolled back,” he said.
https://www.smh.com.au/sport/golf/this-might-have-been-my-last-open-here-tiger-woods-farewells-st-andrews-20220716-p5b21q.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_sport Tiger Woods bids farewell to St Andrews