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Tiger Woods Will Not Play The US Open Because He Needs "More Time" To Get Stronger

The golfer plans to compete in the 150th edition of the Open Championship at St Andrews next month.

American golfer Tiger Woods has confirmed on Tuesday that he will not play the next edition of the US Open, which starts on June 16, but plans to compete in the 150th edition of the Open Championship in St Andrews, next month. The 46-year-old Californian player had to withdraw from the US PGA Championship last May after three rounds, and has explained that he still does not feel ready to compete in the next 'Grand Slam' of the year.

''The Old Machine''

"I previously informed the USGA that I will not compete in the US Open as my body needs more time to get stronger for major championship golf," Woods said on his official Twitter account on Tuesday. "I hope and plan to be ready to play in Ireland at the JP McManus Pro-AM and 'The Open' next month. I'm excited to be back soon!" Woods added after the announcement.

The news isn't a surprise given that Woods struggled at Southern Hills last month. The 15-time majors winner clearly played through pain in his right leg, following serious injuries he suffered in a car accident in Los Angeles in February last year. Woods bounced back from an early 74 to shoot a second-round 69 in Tulsa and make the cut with a shot to spare, but then went 79 on Saturday, his worst mark in the US PGA.

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"I'm looking forward to St Andrews," he said in April. "That's something that's near and dear to my heart. "I won two Opens there, it's the home of golf, it's my favorite golf course in the world. I'll be there for that," Woods said.

"THERE WILL BE LIMITATIONS"

In his pre-tournament press conference at Southern Hills, Woods compared playing in the Masters to climbing Everest, saying "it's only going to get flatter and better".

However, when asked how close he is now to the peak level of fitness he'll be able to achieve, Woods added: "That's a great question. I don't know. There will be limitations on what I'll be able to do (with the leg), but I I'll come back stronger. I don't know (for) how much that is or how much range of motion I'll get back."

Speaking after his first round 74, Woods was asked how the injury affects his swing. "Carrying hurts, pushing hurts, walking hurts and twisting hurts," he said. " It's just golf. If I don't do that, then I'm fine ," said the American.

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