The largest attract golf is not going to be on the U.S. Open in 2022.
Tiger Woods made his triumphant return to the sport on April 7 on the Masters. It was his first PGA Tour match after recovering from a debilitating February 2021 automobile crash. Woods has stated that the crash will guarantee he by no means performs a full PGA Tour schedule once more — but it surely has not completely eliminated him from the sport.
As a substitute, Tiger might be extra selective concerning the tournaments he performs, primarily limiting them to “the large occasions.” That presumably contains every of the 4 majors — the Masters, PGA Championships, U.S. Open and British Open — in addition to different well-liked tournaments.
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Woods has solely performed in two tournaments to this point within the 2021-22 PGA Tour season: the Masters, the place he completed forty seventh, and the PGA Championship. He was pressured to withdraw from the latter after experiencing ache in his surgically repaired leg and carding one of many worst rounds of his skilled profession.
With that, The Sporting Information appears into why Tiger is not going to take part on the 2022 U.S. Open, his historical past within the match and when he intends to return to play.
Will Tiger Woods play on the 2022 U.S. Open?
Even after limiting himself to the PGA Tour’s largest occasions, Tiger is not going to take part within the 2022 U.S. Open.
He introduced that on June 7, saying he wanted extra time for his physique to get sturdy sufficient to compete in a significant match.
I beforehand knowledgeable the USGA that I can’t be competing within the @usopengolf as my physique wants extra time to get stronger for main championship golf. I do hope and plan to be able to play in Eire at @JPProAm and at @TheOpen subsequent month. I’m excited to get again on the market quickly!
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) June 7, 2022
That’s the new regular for Tiger, whose restoration from golf occasions might be extra arduous contemplating he wanted intensive surgical procedure after his February 2021 automobile crash. Woods supplied a glimpse on the Masters, the place he walked with a noticeable limp.
After his first spherical at Augusta, he make clear how he tried to recuperate.
“Numerous remedies. Numerous ice. Numerous ice baths. Simply mainly freezing myself to loss of life,” Woods stated. “That is simply a part of the deal. And getting all of the swelling out as greatest as we probably can and getting it cellular and warmed up, activated and explosive for the subsequent day. These are two completely totally different ends of the spectrum.
“Most sports activities, in the event you’re not feeling excellent, you bought a teammate to cross it off to, they usually can form of shoulder the load. Or in soccer, in the future per week. Right here we have got 4 straight days, and there isn’t any one which’s going to shoulder the load in addition to me. I’ve acquired to determine a solution to do it.”
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Woods’ accidents have been extra noticeable on the PGA Championship. He made the reduce in Tulsa however then carded the second-worst spherical of his skilled profession within the third spherical, putting him in a tie for final place at 12 over.
Faraway from significant competitors and experiencing ache in his leg, Tiger elected to withdraw.
“I simply cannot load it. Loading hurts. Urgent off it hurts. Strolling hurts. Twisting hurts,” Woods stated (through the Tulsa World’s Eric Bailey). “It is simply golf. If I do not try this, I will be OK.”
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When will Tiger Woods play subsequent?
In asserting his determination to not compete on the U.S. Open, Woods reiterated his intent to play on the JP McManus Professional-Am on July 4-5 and the British Open from July 14-17.
The JP McManus Professional-Am isn’t an official PGA Tour occasion. JP McManus, who hosts the charity match, issued a press release on April 14 confirming Tiger’s intent to play the occasion:
Tiger has been a terrific buddy and avid supporter of the Professional-Am for a really very long time and we’re completely thrilled he has dedicated to play as soon as once more within the match. His presence at Adare Manor will undoubtedly deliver enormous pleasure to the hundreds of spectators and we’re very grateful to him for giving up his free time to be with us.
We’d additionally wish to sincerely thank all our gamers, the DP World Tour, volunteers, and ticket cap holders for his or her continued help of the occasion as we endeavor to boost important funds for charities within the area.
On April 10, Woods dedicated to play on the British Open in St Andrews, Scotland.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) April 10, 2022
Tiger Woods’ U.S. Open historical past
Woods’ standing as one of the crucial profitable golfers in U.S. Open historical past stays intact, even after his determination to not compete within the occasion in 2022.
He has three U.S. Open wins, in 2000, 2002 and 2008. He’s tied with Hale Irwin for the second-most U.S. Open victories, behind solely Willie Anderson, Bobby Jones and Jack Nicklaus, who every have 4.
He additionally has the file for largest margin of victory: 15 strokes in 2000. That file stands for all majors on the PGA Tour.
Woods has not made the reduce in three of his final 4 U.S. Open begins and final had a top-10 end within the occasion in 2010, when he completed tied for fourth at 3 over par.