Tiger Woods skips US Open at Country Club, still plans to play British Open at St. Andrews

Tiger Woods skips US Open at Country Club, still plans to play British Open at St. Andrews

A day after it was announced that Tiger Woods turned down a nine-figure offer from LIV Golf, he revealed that he was also turning down his place at the 2022 US Open at the Country Club. Woods, who has contested the Masters and PGA Championships, will focus on the Open Championship at St. Andrews.

“I have previously informed the USGA that I will not be competing in the US Open as my body needs more time to get stronger for major golf championships,” Woods tweeted. “I hope and plan to be ready to play in Ireland at the JP McManus Pro-Am and The Open next month. I’m excited to be back there soon.”

Tiger made the cut at both the Masters and the PGA Championship – something neither Scottie Scheffler, Brooks Koepka or Jordan Spieth accomplished – but he retired after the PGA Third Round at Southern Hills last month after clearly suffering from leg pain during the event.

These are Woods’ only two professional appearances since his horrific car accident in February 2021.

Woods’ leg pain at Augusta National in April, however, seemed more linear. It seemed to get progressively worse over time. In Southern Hills, the pain and problems were more erratic. One day it was manageable, and the next day it was horrible.

That seemed to surprise Woods, and that may be why he’s skipping the US Open. Tiger needs no surprises until mid-July when he takes on the 150th Open Championship at the Old Course in St. Andrews.

Woods committed to the Open as soon as he finished playing in Augusta in April. Tiger won the Old Course in 2000 and 2005, and he has often called it his favorite golf course in the world.

With no additional openings planned on the Old Course until 2025, Woods will be at least 50 years old before returning to the course. Surely he sees this as an opportunity he can’t pass up.

Will Tiger even be able to play major tournaments at 50 with his body rehabilitated after so many injuries over the years? It seems like a dubious proposition, which is why he’s doing everything possible — including shielding himself from potentially four rounds of brutal US Open golf at Brookline — to get to St. Andrews in late July.

In 22 US Open, Woods has won three times, finished in the top five seven times and missed five cuts. However, he has only played one weekend at the US Open since being selected in 2013 and has not had a top 10 at the tournament since a T4 at Pebble Beach in 2010 when Graeme McDowell won. his only major championship. Five of Woods’ 13 missed major tournament cuts have come at the US Open.

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