“My leg doesn’t feel as good as I would like it to,” Woods told media afterwards.
“We’ll start the recovery process and deal with it tomorrow. I just can’t load it. Loading hurts, pressing it hurts, walking hurts and twisting hurts. It’s just golf. If I don’t play this, then I’m fine.”
Woods’ round started out brilliantly with two birdies and three pars in the first five holes before his leg started to trouble him and he was limping at 4 over par at the end of the day.
In his last 13 holes he has hit just three greens, made six bogeys and consistently misjudged his bunker shots.
“All the bunker shots kind of came out hot,” Woods said. “The sand is much faster than I thought.”
“It was kind of like that all week, especially if you get up in the areas where there’s no mopping… I feel like I’m in the sand sometimes – I guess, and I was mistaken.”
Woods appeared to arrive at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa with a relatively conservative strategy, opting to tee back while the other players in his star-studded group — McIlroy and Jordan Speith — hit with the pilots.
While McIlroy was averaging 331 yards starting, Woods was averaging just 293.4 yards — the 136th-shortest yardage in a 156 field.
“The game is just different,” Woods said. “It’s a lot more aggressive now, and I know that. But I was playing in my shoes. If I had hit the ball solid on those two holes and put the ball in the fairway, I would have been fine.”
Woods tees off for the second round at 2:36 p.m. ET on Friday.