Tiger Woods Won't Play in U.S. Open

Playing in the tournament could further damage his left leg.

Posted: 06/07/2011 03:02 PM EDT
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Tiger Woods bends his left knee on the seventh green during the first round of The Players Championship last month. (Photo: AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

 

 

Tiger Woods is out of the U.S. Open this year.

"I am extremely disappointed that I won't be playing in the U.S. Open, but it's time for me to listen to my doctors and focus on the future," Woods said. "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."

Last month, the former No. 1 did remain hopeful that he would be ready for the U.S. Open Championship at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland, June 16 to 19, but his injuries are so great that he will skip the tournament for the first time since 1994.

Woods strained his left knee and hurt his left Achilles in the third round of April's Masters Tournament. He later aggravated both injuries in the first round of The Players Championship, withdrawing after nine holes.

"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."

There is no indication when Woods will return.

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