Former world number one, Tiger Woods, has revealed that he will miss this month’s US Open due to injury.
This will be the first time he has not played in the prestigious event since his debut at Congressional in 1995. Woods has failed in his efforts to recover from Achilles and knee problems sustained during the third round of the Masters in April, an indication of the apparent serious nature of his injuries.
“I am extremely disappointed I won’t be playing in the US Open” Woods said in a statement on his official website. “But it’s time for me to listen to my doctors and focus on the future. I was hopeful 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.”
Missing the US Open will be a massive blow to the 14-times major champion and Woods has admitted he has found it difficult dealing with his woes. “It’s been a frustrating and difficult year, but I’m committed to my long-term health.I want to thank the fans for their encouragement and support. I am truly grateful and will be back playing when I can.”