Tiger Woods has missed US Open, is sur­prised he’s still at 14 ma­jors

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A year ago, while watch­ing the U.S. Open on tele­vi­sion as he re­cov­ered from an­other back surgery, Tiger Woods had no idea if he’d ever com­pete again in what he calls “our na­tional cham­pi­onship.”

Last week, he spoke about play­ing Shin­necock Hills as an op­por­tu­nity to add to his three U.S. Open ti­tles, but also as fill­ing a hole in his existence af­ter skip­ping the last two. This is his 20th U.S. Open. “I missed play­ing the U.S. Open,” Woods said. “It’s our na­tional ti­tle and it has meant so much to me in my ca­reer. The big­gest event you can win when I was grow­ing up, it was a USGA event. To have won nine times is pretty spe­cial.”

Woods was in­clud­ing his three U.S. Am­a­teur vic­to­ries and three in the U.S. Ju­nior Am­a­teur in the 1990s.

Woods has been stuck on 14 ma­jors for a decade, his epic vic­tory in the 2008 U.S. Open be­ing his last.

In the in­terim, of course, health is­sues — he won­dered last year if he’d get healthy enough to play with his kids again — and off-the-course prob­lems have stymied his pur­suit of Jack Nick­laus’ record 18 ma­jors.

So is Woods sur­prised he hasn’t got­ten to No. 15 yet?

“I’d been there on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions to win the 15th and haven’t done it,” he said. “I don’t like that feel­ing. I’ve cer­tainly had a nice run and won a few, and un­for­tu­nately in the last 10 years I haven’t.”

/ AP-Frank Franklin II

Tiger Woods hits an ap­proach shot on the fourth hole dur­ing the first round of the U.S. Open Golf Cham­pi­onship on June 14, in Southamp­ton, N.Y.

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