Tiger Woods, who has been battling knee and Achilles injuries since April, withdrew today from next week’s U.S. Open.
Woods announced his decision via Twitter, as well as on his official website, www.tigerwoods.com. Woods indicated he hopes to return to PGA Tour competition at the AT&T National, June 30-July 3, but the timetable for his return is undetermined.
“I am extremely disappointed that I won’t be playing in the U.S. Open, but it’s time for me to listen to my doctors and focus on the future,” Woods said on his website. “I was hopeful that I could play, but if I did, I risk further damage to my left leg. My knee and Achilles tendon are not fully healed. I hope to be ready for AT&T National, the next two majors and the rest of the year.”
On Twitter, Woods characterized his decision as a case of “short-term frustration for long-term gain.”
After being diagnosed with a strained left Achilles tendon and a Grade 1 sprain of the medial collateral ligament on his left knee in April, Woods withdrew from The Players Championship after nine holes when he reinjured his leg on his opening tee shot on May 12.
Woods, 35, has won 14 major championships. He won the 2008 U.S. Open while playing with a ruptured ACL and a double stress fracture of his left tibia. But he was told by doctors at the time that competing would not make those injuries worse. That apparently is not the case with his latest doctor’s diagnosis.
So he will miss the U.S. Open for the first time since his 1995 debut at the event as an amateur. Woods’ withdrawal means the Masters is the only major championship he has not missed because of injury during his professional career.
“It’s been a frustrating and difficult year, but I’m committed to my long-term health,” Woods said on his website. “I want to thank the fans for their encouragement and support. I am truly grateful and will be back playing when I can.”
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