Emotional Tiger Woods After 150th Open St Andrews Exit - 'I May Not Be Back'

The 15-time Major champion received an almighty reception at St Andrews after missing the cut in what might be his last Open at the home of golf

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Tiger Woods was visibly emotional as he came down the 18th at St Andrews, possibly playing in his last ever Open Championship at the home of golf.

The 15-time Major champion raised the roof on the home hole, being greeted with a reception that left him holding back tears as he made his way over the Swilcan Bridge (where he didn't stop) and towards the green. He raised his cap and thanked fans in all directions before heading off the course for what might be the last time in an Open.

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Woods is heading home early from St Andrews this week after rounds of 78 and 75 to finish at nine-over-par for the tournament and down in, perhaps ironically, T150th.

His tournament got off to a nightmare start after finding a divot in the 1st fairway and opening with a double bogey, and it only went in one direction from there.

“I feel like I will be able to play future British Opens. I don’t know if I’ll be able to play long enough to play another one here," Woods said after his round, hinting that the next St Andrews Open will be in 2030.


He'll be 54-years-old by the time July 2030 rolls around and says he doesn't know if his body will allow him to be able to tee it up.

"I've been coming here since 1995, and I don't know when -- I think the next one comes around in what, 2030 -- and I don't know if I will be physically able to play by then," Woods said.

"So to me it felt like this might have been my last British Open here at St Andrews. And the fans, the ovation and the warmth, it was an unbelievable feeling. I understand what Jack and Arnold had gone through in the past. I was kind of feeling that way there at the end. And just the collective warmth and understanding. They understand what golf's all about and what it takes to be an Open champion.

"And I've been lucky enough and fortunate enough to have won this twice here. And it felt very emotional, just because I just don't know what my health is going to be like. And I feel like I will be able to play future British Opens, but I don't know if I'll be able to play that long enough that when it comes back around here, will I still be playing?"

It remains to be seen when we next see Tiger Woods now that the men's Major season is up. He has plenty of options for future tournaments but will likely take some further time away to continue his recovery following his car accident last February. We'll see him at his own Hero World Challenge tournament in December and it may be there where we next see him tee it up.

Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

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