In the end, as golf fans have been predicting for the past few days, the pain became too much for Tiger Woods and he pulled the pin.

Tiger Woods, who limped to a nine-over par 79 in Sunday’s third round of the PGA Championship, has withdrawn from the event, the tournament announced.

The 15-time major winner hesitated to commit to playing Monday’s final round at Southern Hills after the third-worst major round of his career, saying his surgically repaired right leg was sore after walking the course.

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Woods suffered severe leg injuries in a February 2021 car crash but made an incredible return last month at the Masters and shared 47th, walking all 72 holes at hilly Augusta National.

The 46-year-old American shot 69 on Saturday to make the cut after an opening 74 at the PGA Championship.

But the former world number one was clearly struggling on Sunday, limping through the third round on his right leg.

Asked later if he expected to play on Monday, Woods was non-committal, telling reporters: “Well, I’m sore … we’ll do some work and see how it goes.”

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