Golf fans probably probably weren’t counting on Tiger Woods to participate in this year’s US Open. That is in fact the sad reality following the superstar’s back surgery, as he’s now ruled himself out of golf’s second major of the year. Woods has simply posted on his website that he’s “not yet physically able to play competitive golf.”
Although there was some belief that he would be able to be ready for the storied major (which takes place in two weeks) following his procedure on March 31st, it just wasn’t meant to be. However, Woods also said he’s “very optimistic about this year and my future.”
The next big date on the golf calendar is course The Open Championship which takes place from July 13-20 this summer. Many will now point to this date range as a possible return point for Tiger, but it’s too early buy any return talk at this point.
From his side of things, there’s really no reason to rush a return. As much as the PGA wants him back, and you know they want him back badly, he has to think big picture about his career.
His comments seem to indicate that he’s back to playing golf while continuing to rehab, but that he’s nowhere near Sunday-Tiger level. If he can’t compete at that level — what’s the point?
Fans shouldn’t count on a Woods return anytime soon. He appears to be playing this safe, which is the right call given his age. An Open Championship return would be sweet, but it’s looking more and more like he’ll only play in the final major of the year later on this summer, at best.