Tiger Woods said he will skip next week’s U.S. Open golf championship as he recovers from knee and ankle injuries.
Woods, the winner of 14 major golf championships, disclosed his plans in a statement on his Twitter page.
“Not playing in U.S. Open,” Woods wrote. “Very disappointed. Short-term frustration for long-term gain.”
Mark Steinberg, Woods’s agent, said the golfer won’t require surgery and will continue to undergo rehabilitation.
It’s “all about the long-term and being smart,” Steinberg said in an e-mail.
Woods, 35, sustained the injuries during the third round of April’s Masters Tournament, the year’s first major. He aggravated the injuries and withdrew from the Players championship in May after nine holes.
At the time, Woods had said he would “do whatever is necessary to play in the U.S. Open.” The tournament, the season’s second major, is scheduled for June 16-19 at Congressional Country Club outside Washington.
“I know he’s a great competitor and he wants to get out and win,” Mark O’Meara, Woods’s friend and current golfer on the 50-and-over Champions Tour, told reporters today at New York’s Westchester Country Club. “It wouldn’t be easy being thrown right in the mixer and coming back at a course like Congressional. It’s been a longer road back than would be expected. Every year that goes by, it only gets tougher, and he knows that.”
Woods hasn’t won a tournament since November 2009. He’s fallen to No. 15 in the Official World Golf Ranking after holding the No. 1 spot for a record 281 weeks.