Tiger Woods announced on Tuesday that he will not be playing the US Open next week because “my body needs more time to get stronger for the big golf championships.”
Woods said he hopes to play a pro-am in Ireland and the British Open at St. Andrews next month.
Woods’ most recent tournament was last month at the PGA Championship at Southern Hills in Tulsa. He made the cut but pulled out after working a third round 79, his worst round in a tournament he has won four times. He said after his tour he was in “pain”, with the effects of serious injuries sustained in a car crash in 2021 lingering, particularly in his surgically reconstructed right leg, but it was obvious Woods was in a lot of pain.
Woods’ first tournament after the accident was at this year’s Masters, where he finished 47th.
In November, Woods announced that his days as a full-time PGA Tour pro were over due to his injuries. He suffered comminuted open fractures to the tibia and fibula of his right leg in the car crash in Southern California, meaning both bones broke into at least three pieces and broke through the skin . He also suffered foot and ankle injuries and said the leg amputation was “on the table”.
“I think something realistic is to play the Tour one day – never full time, never again – but choose and choose, just like Mr. [Ben] Hogan did. Pick and choose a few events a year, and you play around that,” said Woods, citing the golfing legend who recovered from serious injuries sustained in a car accident in 1949 to win six more major titles while playing a limited schedule. “You train around it and prepare for it. I think that’s how I’m going to have to play it from now on. It’s a sad reality, but it’s my reality. And I understand it and I accept it.
The US Open begins June 16 at the Country Club in Brookline, Mass. Woods has won the tournament three times but missed the cut in his last US Open in 2020.
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