Tiger Woods, for the third time in 6 years, has confirmed on Tuesday evening that he will not be playing at the U.S Open at Pennsylvania’s Oakmont Country Club.
Woods went through multiple surgeries during the offseason and had a tough time during his early post-surgery days. He had his second microdiscectomy last September 16, 2015, and had another procedure on his back in October 2015. On December 2015, Woods was asked to what degree he can function, to which he replied with “‘I walk. I walk and I walk some more.”
Woods said in his statement on his official website that even though he is working hard on getting better, he is still not ready to play the U.S Open 2016.
“I am making progress, but I’m not yet ready for tournament competition.” said Woods.
Aside from the U.S Open, Woods also announced that he will not be playing at the Quicken Loans National, but he will still be at the Congressional Country Club as a host. The Quicken Loans National is a tournament brought by Woods’ foundation, the Tiger Woods Foundation, that helps students with scholarships and learning centers.
“It’s the 10th year of our tournament, and we continue to support the community, the military and the programs of the Tiger Woods Foundation.” stated Woods.
He thanked his supporters and wished Mike Davis, Diana Murphy, the USGA, the players and everyone at Oakmont a successful week.
When Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg was asked if Woods will be able to play at the PGA Tour Season, Steinberg said that they haven’t decided on it as they haven’t looked past the Quicken Loans National yet.
Woods, ranked number 1 in the world for 623 weeks, has made his way down in the rankings at number 559.
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