Tiger Woods announced on Tuesday that he will not be playing in the US Open next week because “my body needs more time to get stronger in the major golf tournament.”
Woods said he hopes to play in a pro match in Ireland and at the British Open in St Andrews next month.
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– Tiger Woods (@Tiger Woods) 7 June 2022
Woods’ last 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 run in a tournament he’s won four times. He said after his tour it was “painful” and the effects of the serious injuries he sustained in a 2021 car crash still linger, particularly to his surgically reconstructed right leg, but it was clear that Woods was in excruciating pain.
Woods’ first post-crash event was at this year’s Masters Tournament, where he placed 47th.
In November, Woods announced that his days as a full-time PGA Tour professional were over due to his injuries. He suffered comminuted tibia and fibula fractures in his right leg during the car accident in Southern California, meaning that both bones shattered into at least three pieces and broke the skin. He also injured his foot and ankle and said his leg was amputated “on the table”.
“I think a realistic thing is to play the tour someday – not full time, again – but pick and choose, just like Mr. [Ben] Hogan did. Woods said, citing a golf legend who recovered from serious injuries suffered in a car accident in 1949 to win six more major titles while playing a limited schedule, pick and choose a few events of the year, and you’ll play around that. “You’re training for it, preparing for it. I think that’s how I’m going to have to play it from now on. It’s an unfortunate reality, but it’s my reality. And I understand that, and I accept it.”
The US Open kicks off on June 16 at the Country Club in Brooklyn, Massachusetts, and Woods has won the tournament three times but missed out on losing at his last US Open in 2020.