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Jason Day has revealed Tiger Woods was forced to quit last year’s US PGA Championship after a screw in his leg pierced the skin. 

Woods, 47, withdrew ahead of the final round at Southern Hills last year after limping heavily throughout each of the three days in Oklahoma.  

After carding his highest-ever in the championship – a 79 that included a triple-bogey, a run of five consecutive bogeys and only one birdies – he decided not to return for his final day’s play, just as he has done at Augusta National this week. 

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At the time, Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg said his US PGA woes had been caused by “pain and discomfort” in his foot. 

Now, though, close friend Day has shed some further light – and it makes for pretty gruesome reading. 


“I was talking to him at the end of last year, and then he was saying the reason why he pulled out of the PGA was a screw went through the skin on Saturday or whatever it was,” said the Aussie.  

“I don’t know how bad it is this time. It’s obviously difficult to hear that he had to pull out because of injury.” 

Nonetheless, Day said it was good to see the 15-time major champion in the field for this week’s Masters, where he tied the record for most consecutive cuts made at Augusta. 

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“It was good to see him play well and make the cut in those conditions, especially to tie the all time record of consecutive cuts,” added the former world No.1. That’s unbelievable. Another thing that he has to put on the trophy cabinet, I’m sure.”  

The 2015 US PGA champion added that he intends to reach out to Woods to check on his wellbeing. 

“At some point I will. Obviously not today. I’ll give him some time. I’m sure everyone is reaching out to him right now. Like I said, you can all see how he’s feeling on TV. I don’t know what he’s feeling internally, how bad it is.” 

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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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