Tiger Woods has announced he will not play in next week’s US Open, being held at Oakmont Country Club in Pennsylvania.
“While I continue to work hard on getting healthy, I’m not physically ready to play in this year’s U.S. Open and the Quicken Loans National,” Woods said in a statement. “I am making progress, but I’m not yet ready for tournament competition.”
Woods’ exit gives a US Open berth to 23-year-old Thai Thitiphu Chuayprakong, the first alternate from the Japan sectional qualifier. Woods has not played a professional even since finishing 10th at the Wyndham Championship in August of 2015. It was his lone Top 10 finish of the year in 12 events. He played all four Majors, but only made the cut once, finishing 17th at The Masters.
Woods won the US Open previously in 2000, 2002, and 2008. The 2008 victory was his last of 14 Major championships. For most of his career, Woods looked like a slam dunk to surpass Jack Nicklaus’ PGA record of 18 Majors, but now it appears Woods will be hard-pressed to win another tournament, let alone a Major.