An on-the-mend Tiger Woods watches rather than plays in the U.S. Open and Quicken Loans National this June.
The former tournament, won by Woods on three occasions, begins next week at Oakmont in Western Pennsylvania. The latter one, hosted by the golfer’s foundation, takes place at Congressional outside of the nation’s capital two weeks from Thursday.
Woods registered to play in the U.S. Open in a perfunctory move not indicative of his readiness to play and unimpressively hit a few balls last month at Congressional at a promotional event for the Quicken Loans National. In mantra-like fashion at Congressional, Woods repeated the company line familiar to his fans: “I have been practicing at home, and I’m progressing nicely. I’m hoping to play.”
Fans hoping to see him play will have to wait past June and perhaps well beyond.
The 14-time major winner posted on Tuesday:
While I continue to work hard on getting healthy, I am not physically ready to play in this year’s U.S. Open and the Quicken Loans National. I am making progress, but I’m not yet ready for tournament competition.
I want to thank everyone for their continued support. The positive texts, emails and calls I have received have been incredible. I want to wish Mike Davis, Diana Murphy, the USGA, the players and everyone at Oakmont a very successful week.
I will be hosting and attending my foundation’s tournament, the Quicken Loans National, at Congressional. It’s the 10th year of our tournament, and we continue to support the community, the military and the programs of the Tiger Woods Foundation.
Woods, now ranked 559 in the world, last won a major tournament in 2008. He last played in a PGA event late last summer at the Wyndham Championship.