Tiger Woods to skip US Open as ‘body needs more time’ to prepare for Open Championship at St Andrews

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Tiger Woods has announced he will not be playing at the US Open as he prioritises getting his body ready for a trip to St Andrews this summer for the 150th Open.

The 15-time major winner has played just two events this year, the Masters and the PGA Championship, as he has made his return to the sport following a horrific car accident nearly 18 months ago.

Despite the hilly terrain of Augusta National and the strain on his injured leg, Woods made the cut at the Masters and finished 47th. He also made the weekend at the PGA Championship last month, but was forced to withdraw after the third round as he visibly struggled.

The third major of the year takes place next week as The Country Club in Brookline hosts the US Open, but Woods took to Twitter to confirm he will not be teeing it up in Boston.

He tweeted: “I previously informed the USGA that I will not be competing in the @usopengolf as my body needs more time to get stronger for major championship golf.

“I do hope and plan to be ready to play in Ireland at @JPProAm and at @TheOpen next month. I’m excited to get back out there soon!”

Woods has previously described St Andrews as his “favourite golf course in the world”, having lifted the Claret Jug at the Old Course in both 2000 and 2005.

The Open gets underway on July 14, but before that Woods will be joining a star-studded field including Rory McIlroy, Collin Morikawa and Jordan Spieth at the JP McManus Pro-Am field.

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