Tiger Woods rules himself out of next week’s US Open at Oakmont

Rumours of Tiger Woods returning to golf at the US Open have been greatly exaggerated.

Any hopes that Tiger Woods might just tee it up in next week’s US Open have been put to bed after the 14-time major champion officially ruled himself out of any near-future golf via a statement on his website

“While I continue to work hard on getting healthy, I am not physically ready to play in this year’s U.S. Open and the Quicken Loans National. I am making progress, but I’m not yet ready for tournament competition.

“I want to thank everyone for their continued support. The positive texts, emails and calls I have received have been incredible. I want to wish Mike Davis, Diana Murphy, the USGA, the players and everyone at Oakmont a very successful week.

“I will be hosting and attending my foundation’s tournament, the Quicken Loans National, at Congressional. It’s the 10th year of our tournament, and we continue to support the community, the military and the programs of the Tiger Woods Foundation.”

Judging from what I’ve heard about Oakmont, this year’s US Open course, there may be a few others thinking twice about playing. Brutal. It’s not the sort of place anyone should be returning from injury and trying to get some confidence back.

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