Tiger Woods was unable to finish the PGA Championship, withdrawing Saturday from the tournament after three rounds. With the U.S. Open less than a month away, Woods’ status for the year’s third major is even more in question.

Prior to the PGA Championship, it was unknown if Woods would compete in the U.S. Open. There had been signs that the 46-year-old would make every effort to participate in all four majors about a year after he was involved in a single-car accident that nearly ended his professional golf career.

Woods was impressive through the first two rounds of the 2022 Masters, making the cut in his first official PGA event since 2020. Though he struggled over the final 36 holes at Augusta, Woods committed to playing in July’s Open Championship. 

A few days after tying for 47th place at the Masters, Woods filed an entry to play in the U.S. Open. The decision gave Woods the option to play in the tournament, which will take place from June 16-19 at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Heading into the PGA Tournament, Woods said he had gotten stronger than he was at the Masters. Woods birdied two of his first five holes at Southern Hills Country Club before shooting four-over-par in the first round. The 15-time major winner showed incredible resolve with a one-under 69 in the second round. 

Woods’ injured leg proved to be too much for him to overcome on Day 3 of the PGA Championship. After shooting nine-over on Saturday, he withdrew from the tournament. 

"Well, I'm sore. I know that is for a fact," Woods told a pool reporter Saturday when asked if he would play Sunday’s round. "We'll do some work and see how it goes."

It marked the fifth-worst round of Woods’ PGA career. The only other time that Woods withdrew from a major was the 1995 U.S. Open when he was an amateur and failed to complete the tournament because of a wrist injury.

The turnaround for Woods between the PGA Championship and the U.S Open is shorter than it was for the first two majors of 2022. Considering Woods has already said he’ll play in Ireland’s JP McManus Pro-Am from July 4-5 and The Open Championship from July 14-17, he might choose to forgo playing in Brookline.

If Woods plays in the U.S. Open, he’ll have 25 days off in between tournament rounds.

Tiger Woods complained that his right leg hurt after firing a four-over par 74 in Thursday's opening round of the PGA Championship at Southern Hills Tiger Woods complained that his right leg hurt after firing a four-over par 74 in Thursday's opening round of the PGA Championship at Southern Hills Photo: David Cannon Collection via AFP / DAVID CANNON