British Open: Tiger Woods didn’t want to take any chances at the US Open

Tiger Woods had planned to compete in the US Open last month but problems with his right leg, which he was having surgery on, prevented him from playing in the third major tournament of the season.

Woods said he skipped the US Open because he didn’t want to jeopardize his chances of playing at the 150th British Open in St Andrews, which starts on July 14.

“The plan was to compete in the US Open, but I wasn’t physically able to do it,” Woods told reporters in Ireland on Tuesday on the sidelines of the JP McManus Pro tournament. “That was physically impossible. I had some problems with my leg and that would have jeopardized this tournament, so there was no need for it. »

Woods’ 15 major titles include three British Open wins, including triumphs on the Old Course at St Andrews in 2000 and 2005.

“It’s a historic British Open that we will play. I’m lucky to be one of the former champions who won there and I want to play there again and I don’t know when they will ever come back if I can still play at a high level. and I would like to be able to try my luck at least once more at a high level. »

Woods has not played in an official event since retiring after 54 holes of the Southern Hills PGA Championship on May 22. He scored a 79 in the third round, his worst finish in the PGA Championship.

Woods has only performed at two official events since he was seriously injured in a car accident outside of Los Angeles on February 23, 2021. He finished 47th at the Masters in April.

“Yes, it was worth it. It was hard. I have had very difficult days and days where it was very difficult for me to get off the couch, but that’s the way it is. As I said, I’m very grateful for all the support I’ve received, from my treatment team, from all my surgeons who are repairing and caring for this leg.

“So I have both legs, which…I’m not going to take it for granted anymore, some people do.” But people who have come close to a limb or lost it understand what I’m saying. You have difficult days and great days too and the first few aren’t the same as they used to be, that’s for sure. But these are great days when I can spend time with my kids and do things that they can do at a slightly slower pace but I can still do them with them. »

Woods didn’t know how much longer he could play golf competitively.

“I don’t know. I really don’t know,” he said. “If you had asked me last year if I would play golf again, all my surgeons would have said no. But here I am playing two major championships this year. I will.” still be able to play golf whether that leg or someone else’s leg or an artificial leg or various body parts that have been placed or put together I will always be able to play well if you say play at a championship level then this window is definitely not as big as I would like. »

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