Woods to skip the US Open
The 14-time major champion has not played since August last year
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.”