Tiger Woods given spine-tingling ovation by Open crowd at St. Andrews
Tiger Woods will unquestionably go down as a true legend of golf as he approaches the end of his career.
Woods was competing in this year’s Open Championship. He has won the tournament three times, with the first coming in 2000.
As Tiger was walking down the fairway on the 18th hole at St Andrews, he received such incredible support from the fans which made him shed a tear or two.
At 46 years of age, Tiger stated that he didn’t know if he will be able to compete when The Open is next at St Andrews in 2030.
One of the greats of the sport truly appreciated the fans rising and giving him a standing ovation.
Unfortunately, Tiger will miss the cut for the weekend after he finished on +9 after 36 holes. For Tiger to still be competing in major tournaments is truly remarkable.
Back in February of 2021, Woods nearly lost his leg in a terrible car crash. Many feared that he would never walk again.
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Speaking to Sky Sports, Woods said: “It was very emotional for me.
“I’ve been coming here since 1995 and I think the next one comes around in 2030 and I don’t know if I will be physically able to play by then.
“So to me it felt as like it might have been my last Open here at St. Andrews. The fans, the ovation, the warmth… it was an unbelievable feeling.
“I came to understand what Jack (Nicklaus) and Arnold (Palmer) felt in the past and I was kind of feeling that way at the end.
“Just the collective warmth and understanding. They [the fans] understand what golf is all about and what it takes to be an Open champion.
“I have been lucky enough and fortunate enough to have won twice here and it felt very emotional just because I don’t know what my health is going to be like.
“I feel like I will be able to play future British Open’s but I don’t know if I will be able to play that long enough for when it comes back here if I will still be playing.”
The golfing sensation has won 15 major honours throughout his career and has caught the eye of many sporting fans over the years.
If this is to be one of his final tournaments, then it’s fair to say that he will be missed when he bows out.