Injured Woods confirms he’s a no-show for US Open

The world might be ready, the US Tour might crave his re-appearance – but Tiger Woods refuses to be bustled.

The former world No 1 is a self-imposed withdrawal from this week’s US Open at Oakmont…for the third time in the past six years.

Tiger Woods Tiger Woods (Credit: Anthony Powter)

The three-time champion says he is just not ready to resume professional golf yet – let alone in one of the toughest and most gruelling events in world golf.

The Quicken Loans National will be played the week after the US Open at another highly-rated course, Congressional, yet Tiger will be missing from there as well.

“While I continue to work hard on getting healthy, I am not physically ready to play in this year’s US Open and the Quicken Loans National,” Woods explained on his website.

“I am making progress, but I’m not yet ready for tournament competition.”

It is now 10 months since we have seen the 14-time major champion compete in a tournament with his last effort a tie for 10th in the Wyndham Championship in August, 2015.

He then succumbed to a back injury and subsequent surgery and his recovery has been a long, slow process.

His pending return did receive some momentum when he played five holes to herald the opening a golf course he designed in Houston a few weeks ago.

But he still has been unable to give any indication on when he’ll take on the best players in the world once again.

Jack Nicklaus said last week at the Memorial he expects Woods to return:

“I think Tiger would have liked to have played this week,” Nicklaus said. “He’s just not ready.”

Now the speculation will continue with one suggestion that it may be the Greenbrier Classic, an event Tiger has played twice in the past four years.

That too, may be cutting it fine as that is just a week before the British Open at Royal Troon in July.

All this means we are less and less likely to see Woods as part of the US Ryder Cup team later this year. You would expect his game just would not be up to scratch.