Why Tiger Woods Should Not (And Will Not) Stop On The Swilcan Bridge

It's clear that the 15-time Major has a number of Opens left in him

Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus pose on the Swilcan Bridge
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Tiger Woods' week at St Andrews is going to end prematurely after there being a feeling that this 150th Open might have been a significant week for the 15-time Major winner.

Following his car accident last year and with it coming at the latter stage of his career, there were feelings that the icon may choose to bow out at the home of golf. We don't really know when The Open will return to St Andrews, it's the historic 150th playing of the championship and this is Tiger's favourite golf course in the world. Perhaps it would be the perfect time to say goodbye.

However, that doesn't look like it'll be happening this week. Woods will be bowing out today, but only out of the tournament after opening with a 78. He laughed off a retirement question earlier in the week and remains dead-set on competing in the world's biggest and best events. 

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He'll never play a full schedule again, that's for sure, but he will play on. His next St Andrews Open could be his last, but this one certainly isn't. 

Mark Calcavecchia, who said his goodbye to The Open himself today on the Swilcan Bridge, agrees. "I'm going to say no. This isn't his last Open, especially here," he said. "He'll be back."

It's not yet known when the home of golf will again host the world's oldest Major but possible dates could be 2027 or 2030. By that time, Woods will be in his his early-to-mid-50s and perhaps a ceremonial golfer, which may present the perfect time to walk away from the sport.

He could even go on longer, and he probably will. He's exempt into this tournament for another 14 years and even 62-year-old Calcavecchia played 36 holes on two dodgy knees this week.

What we do know is that the 46-year-old made the cut at Augusta National and the PGA Championship this year and has not loads but enough time left to play many more Opens. It's been great to see him back at St Andrews this week. Here's to a few more.

Elliott Heath
Elliott Heath

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.


Elliott is currently playing:


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2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi

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Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

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