Woods to skip the US Open

The 14-time ma­jor cham­pion has not played since Au­gust last year

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Tiger Woods will not play in next week’s US Open at Oak­mont, the third time in the past six years he will miss the ma­jor cham­pi­onship that he has won on three oc­ca­sions.

The 40-year-old said on his web­site that he is not ready for tour­na­ment com­pe­ti­tion and will skip the US Open, along with his Quicken Loans Na­tional the fol­low­ing week at Con­gres­sional.

“While I con­tinue to work hard on get­ting healthy, I am not phys­i­cally ready to play in this year’s US Open and the Quicken Loans Na­tional,” said Woods. “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.” Woods has not played since a tie for 10th in the Wyn­d­ham Cham­pi­onship in Au­gust and has since had two more surg­eries on his back. He has slipped to 559 in the world rank­ings and his lat­est an­nounce­ment has fu­elled spec­u­la­tion over whether he will ever re­turn to the fair­ways. Woods did play five holes when he opened his golf course in Hous­ton, but there was also an em­bar­rass­ing me­dia day ap­pear­ance at Con­gres­sional when he hit three shots from 100 yards to the 10th green and all ended up in the water.

Mean­while, 149 of the 156-man field for Oak­mont has been set af­ter the lat­est round of qual­i­fy­ing

Among the first-time qual­i­fiers is Amer­i­can Aaron Wise who last week capped off his col­lege ca­reer by win­ning the NCAA Cham­pi­onship.

Wise se­cured his place with vic­tory at Royal Oaks Coun­try Club and will now make his pro­fes­sional de­but at the US Open. He said: “Hope­fully, if I can play well right off the bat, it’ll open more doors for me.”

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