Woods to miss next week’s U.S. Open

John Craven
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Tiger Woods (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods will skip next week’s U.S. Open, admitting he needs more time to bring his body up to speed in order to compete at the top end of major championship golf.

In great news for Irish golf fans, Woods confirmed that he still intends to compete in the JP McManus Pro-Am on July 4 and 5 before the 150th Open at St Andrews from July 14-17.

Woods wrote; “I previously informed the USGA that I will not be competing in the @usopengolf as my body needs more time to get stronger for major championship golf.

“I do hope and plan to be ready to play in Ireland at  @JPProAm and at @TheOpen  next month. I’m excited to get back out there soon!”

It had been widely expected that Woods would opt out of next week’s U.S. Open at Brookline given his physical exertions at last month’s U.S. PGA Championship at Southern Hills.

Although a hobbling Woods managed to make the cut, the 15-time Major winner looked a shadow of his former self on the Saturday, slumping to a 79 before withdrawing ahead of the final round.

Brookline would’ve presented Woods with another stern physical examination and while he may opt to take a cart at the JP McManus Charity event, it’s hoped that a much flatter St Andrews test for The Open could see Woods back to his competitive self in time for July’s celebratory event at the Home of Golf.

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