PGA: Tiger Woods gives up on the United States Open

Tiger Woods withdrew from Tuesday’s U.S. Open, saying he needed more time to strengthen his right leg so he could aim for major tournament victory.

Woods made a surprise return to competition at the Masters in April, just 14 months after a traffic accident in Los Angeles in which he suffered major fractures to his right leg and ankle. He met the qualifying threshold in Augusta, then competed in the PGA Championship in Southern Hills.

Although he again met the qualifying threshold, Woods had difficulty walking and he retired after the third round.

On Tuesday, Woods wrote in a social media post that his “body needs more time to get stronger for major golf tournaments.”

He added that he hopes to be ready to play a pro-am event in Ireland ahead of next month’s British Open in St. Andrews, where he won two of his three major tournament titles.

It will be the sixth time in 12 years that Woods has skipped his turn at the U.S. Open. He has won the tournament three times – most recently in 2008 at Torrey Pines when he triumphed despite suffering a double stress fracture in his left leg and torn ligaments in his knee that required post-tournament surgery.

Woods hasn’t played at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., since 1999 in the Ryder Cup.

“We’re disappointed to hear he won’t be in Boston,” American Golf Association President Mike Whan said. But personally, I’m happy to see that he’s taking care of his health. I’d rather be able to see Tiger play long term than just the U.S. Open in 2022.”

Woods always hoped to play at St. Andrews, even after participating in the Masters Tournament. He said at the time that he wasn’t sure he would make the PGA Championship and the US Open, but he would be at the British Open.

The famous “Old Course” is relatively flat and easy to walk.

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