Tiger Woods’ status for this year’s U.S. Open at Oakmont has been in question for quite some time and the golf world finally has an answer.
In a statement released on Tiger Woods’ official website, the three-time U.S. Open champion finally revealed that he will not be playing at this year’s event, which will be held at Oakmont Country Club from June 16-19, and will also miss the tournament that Woods himself hosts, the Quicken Loans National, held at Congressional Country Club in the Washington, D.C., area the following week from June 23-26.
“While I continue to work hard on getting healthy, I am not physically ready to play in this year’s U.S. Open and the Quicken Loans National. I am making progress, but I’m not yet ready for tournament competition.
“I want to thank everyone for their continued support. The positive texts, emails and calls I have received have been incredible. I want to wish Mike Davis, Diana Murphy, the USGA, the players and everyone at Oakmont a very successful week.
“I will be hosting and attending my foundation’s tournament, the Quicken Loans National, at Congressional. It’s the 10th year of our tournament, and we continue to support the community, the military and the programs of the Tiger Woods Foundation.”
Tiger hasn’t played a competitive round in golf since tying for 10th place at August’s Wyndham Championship. Not having won a tournament since 2013, a year in which Woods won five times, the 79-time PGA Tour winner found himself in contention for the first time in a long time that weekend as he played Greensboro for the first time in his career in an attempt to get in the field for the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup Playoffs. He was tied for the lead heading into the weekend, but a missed putt on the 18th hole on Saturday kept him out of Sunday’s final pairing. While everybody else went low, Woods shot a 70 on Sunday to finish four strokes back of this year’s Ryder Cup captain, Davis Love III. Woods will actually be a vice captain for that team this fall.
Last September, Woods announced that he had undergone a second microdiscectomy surgery (he had his first in March of 2014 which caused him to miss four months of that season, including The Masters) on his ailing back, and just a month later, Tiger announced that he also underwent a follow-up procedure, explaining that it was just something that he had to do and wasn’t able to give a timetable for his return.
“It’s one of those things that had to be done. I have an outstanding team of doctors, and I’ll be back as soon as I can.
“The last one, it took me awhile to get back. Some players on TOUR have done the same procedure, and to be back pain-free it took them over a year.”
If it does end up taking Tiger that full year to return, that would also keep him from playing The Open Championship at Royal Troon from July 14-17 and the PGA Championship, the year’s final major, at Baltusrol from July 28-31. Since turning professional, Tiger Woods has never missed all four major championships.
This announcement will likely end up fueling even more retirement rumors, and the golf world will have to continue to wait on what the future holds for Tiger Woods.
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