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Tiger Woods says he did not need to jeopardize possibilities of taking part in in Open by means of additionally taking part in in U.S. Open

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Tiger Woods says he did not need to jeopardize possibilities of taking part in in Open by means of additionally taking part in in U.S. Open

Tiger Woods had deliberate to play in ultimate month’s U.S. Open, however issues along with his surgically repaired proper leg did not permit him to compete within the 3rd main of the season.

Woods mentioned he skipped the U.S. Open as a result of he did not need to jeopardize his possibilities of taking part in within the a hundred and fiftieth Open Championship at St. Andrews, which starts on July 14.

“The plan was once to play the U.S. Open, however bodily I used to be now not ready to try this,” Woods mentioned, whilst chatting with newshounds Tuesday on the JP McManus Professional-Am at Adare Manor Golfing Membership in Eire. “There is no approach bodily I may have executed that. I had some problems with my leg and it could have put this event in jeopardy, and so there is not any reason why to try this.”

Woods’ 15 main championships come with 3 victories at The Open, together with wins on the Outdated Path at St. Andrews in 2000 and 2005.

“This can be a lovely ancient Open that we’re going to be taking part in,” Woods mentioned. “I am fortunate sufficient to be a part of the previous champions that experience received there, and need to play there once more, and I have no idea when they’re ever going to return whilst I am nonetheless ready to play at a prime stage. I need as a way to give it no less than another run at a prime stage.”

Woods hasn’t performed in an professional match since he withdrew after 54 holes on the PGA Championship at Southern Hills on Would possibly 22. He carded a 9-over 79 within the 3rd spherical, his worst rating at a PGA Championship.

Woods, 46, has performed in most effective two professional occasions since he was once critically harm in a automobile damage out of doors Los Angeles on Feb. 23, 2021. He completed forty seventh on the Masters in April.

“Yeah, it is been price it,” Woods mentioned. “It is been onerous. I have had some very tricky days and a few days [in] which shifting off the sofa is a hell of a job, and that is the reason simply the way in which it’s. As I mentioned, I am very grateful for all of the fortify I have gotten, my remedy team of workers, all of my surgeons who’re repairing this leg and retaining it [functioning].

“So I’ve my very own two legs, which … I am not going to take it as a right anymore, some other people do. However individuals who have come shut or misplaced a limb perceive what I am announcing, however you’ve gotten tricky days and likewise you’ve gotten nice days and primary aren’t what they was, that is needless to say. However they’re nice days during which I will spend time with my children and do issues that they are able to do at a relatively slower tempo, however I will nonetheless do it with them.”

Woods mentioned he wasn’t positive how for much longer he would be capable to play aggressive golfing. He went 77-74 to complete at 7-over total and in a tie for thirty ninth on the 36-hole pro-am in Eire.

“I have no idea. I in point of fact do not,” he mentioned. “In the event you requested me ultimate 12 months whether or not I’d play golfing once more, all of my surgeons would have mentioned no. However right here I’m taking part in two main championships this 12 months. I can all the time be capable to play golfing, whether or not it is this leg or somebody else’s leg or false leg or other frame items which have been positioned or fused. I will all the time be capable to play. Now if you happen to say play at a championship stage, neatly, that window is certainly now not so long as I’d love it to be.”

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