On June 7, Tigers Woods announced on Twitter that he would not be playing in the upcoming U.S. Open, set for June 16-19 at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts. Woods reiterated that he planned to play in the British Open (July 14-17) at St. Andrews.
Woods' decision comes a few weeks after he pulled out prior to the final round of the PGA Championship on May 22 after shooting his worst score in the event that Saturday. Prior to withdrawing, Woods was clearly struggling with his surgically repaired leg, as the conditions (rainy, windy, temperatures in the mid-50s) only made things worse.
Woods got off to a rough start at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma, shooting a four-over 74, but he rebounded with a one-under 69 on Friday to make the cut. But things unraveled on him during the third round on Saturday, as he made just one birdie, seven bogeys (including five in a row at one point), and one disastrous triple-bogey for a nine-over 79. It was his worst round ever at the PGA Championship, an event he has won four times (1999, 2000, 2006, 2007). Prior to withdrawing, Woods was at 12-over, 21 shots behind the leader. Justin Thomas (-5) went on to win the PGA Championship, defeating Will Zalatoris in a three-hole playoff.
Woods' WD at the PGA Championship was preceded by his 47th-place showing at the Masters Tournament in April, the first PGA Tour event he played in since his car accident. The physical toll of playing four rounds was evident during the Masters as well with Woods shooting back-to-back 78s (+6) to close the event out.
Whenever he returns to the course, the 46-year-old, 15-time major champion will resume his pursuit of breaking a tie with Sam Snead for the most career PGA Tour wins and closing the gap between him and Jack Nicklaus for the most major championships.
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• On June 7, Woods announced on Twitter that he would not be participating in the upcoming U.S. Open, set for June 16-19 at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass. He said his focus was on giving his body more time to recover so he could play in the British Open (July 14-17), which will be played on the Old Course at St. Andrews, the "home of golf" and where Woods has won two of his three Claret Jugs (2000, '05).
• Woods also said he was hoping to be able to play in the JP McManus Pro-Am at Adare Manor in Limerick, Ireland, from July 4-5. This event takes place 10 days before the start of the British Open in Scotland.
• Woods last played on the PGA Tour on May 21, which was the third round of the PGA Championship. After bouncing back from a rough opening round to make the cut at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma, less-than-ideal conditions and the physical toll on his body contributed to a nine-over 79 that Saturday, his worst score in the event. He withdrew prior to the final round on Sunday, finishing with a 12-over through three rounds.
• He also made the cut at the Masters in April, the 24th of his career for the major, but wound up finishing 47th after posing his worst score (+13) at Augusta National.