Tiger Woods made the official, expected announcement Wednesday, saying that he will not be able to play in the U.S. Open in two weeks and his statement raised a larger question: Will he miss all the majors this season?
It wasn’t surprising, but the pace of his recovery from surgery to relieve a pinched nerve is. Woods has been uncharacteristically open since having surgery March 31 about just how little he has been able to do. That’s two majors he will have missed — the Masters and the Open at Pinehurst, a favorite course of his.
“I’m not yet physically able to play competitive golf,” Woods, who fell from No. 1 in the world rankings to No. 3 last week, announced on his website Wednesday.
It would be a shame for Woods to miss both because the British Open (July 17-20) is at Royal Liverpool and the PGA Championship (Aug. 7-10) is at Louisville’s Valhalla course — both courses on which he has won majors. Woods, who is in a race with time as he chases Jack Nicklaus’ record 18 major tournament wins, continues to profess optimism that he’ll be back soon.
“Despite missing the first two majors, and several other important tournaments,” Woods, who trails Nicklaus by four majors, said, “I remain very optimistic about this year and my future.”
He might be the only one feeling that way about this year, given how little he has done.