Tiger Woods withdraws from U.S. Open

Tiger Woods will be absent from the upcoming 2023 U.S. Open, as confirmed by the USGA on Monday. The golf icon is currently in the process of recovering from a series of injuries and surgeries, making his absence expected. The USGA acknowledged Woods’ withdrawal alongside the announcement of 33 newly exempt players, including renowned champions Jason Day and Patrick Reed.

Having participated in 22 U.S. Opens between 1995 and 2020, Woods boasts an impressive record with three victories (2000, 2002, 2008) and eight top-10 finishes. However, his performance has declined since his last notable top-10 finish at T4 in 2010. In recent years, Woods has missed seven tournaments, including this year’s U.S. Open, failed to make the cut in three events, and achieved no higher than a T21 placement.

One of Woods’ most remarkable victories occurred at the U.S. Open in 2008, where he triumphed over Rocco Mediate in a gripping playoff at Torrey Pines. Despite battling physical limitations and relying on one functioning leg, Woods showcased incredible determination as he navigated four regulation rounds and an additional playoff day to secure the win.

Throughout the latter stages of his career, Woods has faced numerous challenges, including a series of injuries and personal issues off the course, which have significantly impacted his competitiveness. In the past three years, he has only participated in five out of twelve major championships, missing the cut in two events, withdrawing from two others, and finishing 47th at the 2022 Masters. Recently, Woods withdrew from the 2023 Masters due to complications arising from plantar fasciitis. Subsequently, he underwent surgery to address arthritis problems, but no specific timeline has been provided for his return to professional golf.

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