Tiger Woods skips US Open to avoid missing ‘historic’ British Open

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Fifteen-time world champion Tiger Woods made a tough decision. skip US Open last month to prepare for next week’s 150th Open, which has a special meaning for the legendary golfer.

Woods spoke about the decision to reporters on Tuesday during a JP McManus Pro-Am press conference in Ireland, citing problems with his leg, which was injured in a car accident in February 2021.

Tiger Woods tees the ninth hole during a US Open practice round on Monday, June 10, 2019 in Pebble Beach, California.

Tiger Woods tees the ninth hole during a US Open practice round on Monday, June 10, 2019 in Pebble Beach, California.
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“The plan was to play the US Open, but physically I couldn’t do it. Woods said via ESPN. “Physically, I couldn’t do it. I had some problems with my foot and that would have put this tournament in jeopardy, so there is no reason for it.”

Woods returned to the Masters back in April for his first high-level PGA Tour event since his car crash. He fought through the expected pain and made it to the Augusta National, finishing the tournament with a score of 13 over par.

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Tiger Woods follows his shot from the ninth tee during the final round of the Masters at the Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2022 in Augusta, Georgia.

Tiger Woods follows his shot from the ninth tee during the final round of the Masters at the Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2022 in Augusta, Georgia.
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Later he withdrew from the PGA Championship in May after struggling in the third round with 79 points, his worst result ever in PGA Championship history.

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“It’s a pretty historic Open we’re about to play,” Woods said on Tuesday. “I was lucky enough to be part of past champions who won there and I want to play there again and I don’t know when they will ever come back as long as I can still play at a high level. I want to be able to give him at least one more run at a high level.”

Tiger Woods of the United States walks to court four during the third round of the 2022 PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club on May 21, 2022 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Tiger Woods of the United States walks to court four during the third round of the 2022 PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club on May 21, 2022 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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Open Championship starts the 14 th of July. It will be played at St. Andrews in Scotland.