Tiger Woods has announced that he has not recovered enough in order to play in next week's U.S. Open at Pennsylvania's Oakmont Country Club. This will be the third time in the last few years that he will miss the major championship. He has won it three times.
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It might be a bit of a mild surprise, but Woods announced that he would not play in the Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club the week after that. That tournament is one that benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation and it was one that many sports fans and reporters believed he would use to make his comeback.
"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, who is 40 (still young for golf), is recovering from two different back surgeries performed last fall. The second was far more serious than most people ever believed. It has been more than seven months, but he was in pain for far longer than that. He last competed in August but he only tied for 10th.
Still, sightings of Woods at clinics and even on golf courses have given hope to fans. Woods even hit golf balls for a small audience on April 25 at the open of a golf course and at Bluejack National. He also said he felt good doing it.
It is unclear as to when or if Woods will even return during the PGA tour season. There are a few next month but they seem unlikely.
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Woods, who has 79 PGA Tour titles, will now have missed eight majors for injuries.