Tiger Woods Closes Out Memorable Week at St. Andrews
By Abby Parsons, PGA
Tiger Woods waves to the crowd as he crosses the Swilcan Bridge during Day Two of The 150th Open at St Andrews Old Course on July 15, 2022 in St Andrews, Scotland.
Tiger Woods may have walked over the Swilcan Bridge at The Old Course at St. Andrews for the last time as an Open Championship participant. With tears in his eyes walking down the 18th hole of the Old Course, it is hard to put into words what this golf course means to him, to fans, and to the game of golf.
Winning the Claret Jug in both 2000 and 2005, The Old Course at St. Andrews holds a special place in Tiger’s career.
Tiger came to Twitter after his second round:
The golf icon teed it up in only his third tournament of the year on Thursday and fans caught glimpses of Tiger in his prime, and Woods as a 46-year-old who has been struggling with a rash of injuries.
Tiger has found ways to keep an outstanding golf swing, even with the injuries he has needed to overcome. His swing may look different, but he can still hit it like many of the young-guns on the PGA Tour.
Generating power from the ground up is always key when you want to add length off the tee. Tiger’s legs have been compromised due to previous injuries; however, he is still able to prioritize clearing his lower body to the target. Tiger gets his trail (right) hip through to the target with every tee ball, and with this comes the lag of his golf swing. Lag is needed to get those extra yards off the tee, and Tiger continues to accomplish this throughout the years.
Woods changed the game, and players with multiple Major Championship victories under their belt have expressed the role Tiger has played in their career.
“I saw Rory right there. He gave me the tip of the cap. It was pretty cool – the nods I was getting from guys as they are going out and coming in, just the respect, that was pretty neat. And from a players’ fraternity level, it’s neat to see that and feel that,” Tiger said after his second round.
Many of the game’s best that have looked up to Tiger Woods continue to do so. The preparation, the grit, and the commitment to the game continues to make Tiger Woods an all-time competitor, and Woods walked off of the 18th green at The Old Course with his head high.
Friday at St. Andrews was a special moment for fans of the game to watch Tiger Woods compete with the best as arguably the best the game has ever seen.