Injury forces Woods to miss 2011 US Open

Former world number one, Tiger Woods, has announced on his website, www.tigerwoods.com, that he will not be playing the 2011 US Open due to lingering leg injuries.

“I am extremely disappointed that I won’t be playing in the US Open, but it’s time for me to listen to my doctors and focus on the future,” Woods said on his website.

“I was hopeful that I could play, but if I did, I risk further damage to my left leg. My knee and Achilles tendon are not fully healed. I hope to be ready for AT&T National, the next two majors and the rest of the year.”

Woods has been suffering from the results of an injury that flared up during the third round of the Masters in April and he was subsequently forced to withdraw after round one of The Players Championship after reinjuring his leg.

“It’s been a frustrating and difficult year, but I’m committed to my long-term health,” Woods said. “I want to thank the fans for their encouragement and support. I am truly grateful and will be back playing when I can.”

The 2011 US Open will mark Woods’ 12th straight major without a win, the longest stretch of his career. The 35-year-old remains on 14 major wins and four short of the elusive 18 victories set by Jack Nicklaus.