Tiger Woods withdraws from US Open
Woods made an astonishing return to the Masters, just 14 months after breaking his right leg and ankle bone in a car accident in February, 2021, outside Los Angeles. He made the cut at Augusta National, then played in the PGA Championship at Southern Hills.
Although he made another cut, Woods stumbled badly on Saturday and withdrew after the third round, the first time he withdrew a major weekend.
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Woods posted on social media on Tuesday, “Major championship golf requires more time for my body to get stronger.”
He said he hopes to get ready to play at a charity pro-am event in Ireland before the British Open in St Andrews, where he has won two of his three Claret jugs.
This is not the sixth time in the last 12 years that Woods has played in the US Open, which he has won three times.
He last played at Wing Foot in 2020 and missed the cut.
Before the two previous heads, Woods sent Internet buzz, private plane tracking sites indicated that he was in Augusta National and Southern Hills for a week or so for a scouting trip, a clear indication that he was thinking about the game.
This time there were no flights to Boston. Woods last competed at the Brooklyn Country Club in 1999, when he won his singles match against Andrew Coltart as part of an amazing American rally to win the Ryder Cup.
“We’re disappointed we won’t see him in Boston,” said USGA CEO Mike One. “But personally, I’m glad she’s taking care of her health. I want to see Tiger in the long run rather than the 2022 US Open.”
Even after playing in the Masters, Woods always kept an eye on St. Andrews. He said after the Masters he was not sure if he would be able to play in the PGA Championship or the US Open, but he would stay at the British Open.
The Old Course is relatively flat, with the four main ones being the easiest to walk.
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