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Tiger Woods says his leg isn’t ready and he won’t play US Open – Boston News, Weather, Sports

Tiger Woods withdrew from the US Open on Tuesday, saying his damaged right leg needs more time to get stronger to compete in the majors.

Woods made a surprise return to the Masters just 14 months after breaking bones in his right leg and ankle in a car accident in February 2021 outside of Los Angeles. He made the cut at Augusta National and then played the PGA Championship at Southern Hills.

Despite making another cut, Woods was limping badly on Saturday and retired after the third roundFor the first time he retired from a major at the weekend.

Woods posted on Tuesday social media“My body needs more time to get stronger for big golf championships.”

He said he hopes to be ready to play in a charity Pro-Am event in Ireland ahead of the British Open in St Andrews, where he won two of his three claret pitchers.

This is the sixth time in the last 12 years that Woods has not competed in the US Open, which he has won three times, most recently at Torrey Pines in 2008 when he had a double stress fracture in his left leg and torn ligaments in his knee, which required reconstructive surgery, when the event was over.

He last played at Winged Foot in 2020 and missed the cut.

Ahead of the previous two majors, Woods had the internet buzzing, with private plane-tracking sites suggesting he was at Augusta National and Southern Hills for a scouting trip about a week early, a clear sign he was considering playing.

This time there was no such flight to Boston. Woods last competed at the Country Club in Brookline in 1999 when he won his singles match against Andrew Coltart in an amazing American rally to win the Ryder Cup.

“We’re disappointed not to see him in Boston,” said Mike Whan, USGA CEO. “But I’m personally happy for him that he pays attention to his health. I’d rather see Tiger long-term than just the US Open 2022.”

Woods always had his sights set on St. Andrews, even after playing in the Masters. He said after the Masters he wasn’t sure if he could play in the PGA Championship or the US Open, but he would play in the British Open.

The Old Course is relatively flat, the easiest of the four majors to walk on.

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