Tiger Woods has confirmed he will not play at next week’s U.S. Open in Brooklyn.
The 15-time major champion is still recovering from a near-fatal crash in February 2021 and recently had to withdraw after the third round of the PGA Championship in May.
Woods, who played in the first two majors of the year, decided to skip the third to give his body a better chance at the 150th Open at St Andrews in July.
“I previously informed the USGA that I will not be playing the U.S. Open because my body needs more time to get stronger before I can play major golf,” Woods tweeted.
“I do hope and plan to be ready to play JP McManus Pro-AM in Ireland and the British Open next month. I’m excited to be back there soon!”
The 46-year-old returned to the majors sooner than anyone expected, just 14 months after a crash that nearly cost him a leg.
He suffered open fractures to both his tibia and fibula, and severely injured his foot and ankle.
While there were early signs at the Masters and PGA Championship that many of the world’s best players missed the cut, Woods was eclipsed in both tournaments as walking around Augusta and South Hill caused damage. loss.
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He shot a 79 on Saturday for his worst PGA Championship round ever and fought his way into the weekend despite obvious signs of soreness.
That mirrored his performance at the Masters in April, when the American held his own for the opening two days before shooting his worst 78 ever at Augusta National on day three. round.
St Andrews, where Woods has won the British Open twice, is dead and should be easier for the golf legend, unlike Brooklyn Country Club, which will host the U.S. Open next week.
Speaking of the July event in Scotland, Woods recently admitted that the Old Course is his favourite track in the world.
“I’m looking forward to St Andrews,” he said in April. “That’s the closest thing to my heart.
“I won two Opens there, and it’s the home of golf, my favorite golf course in the world. I’ll be there for that guy.”
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