Tiger Woods Ready For 2016 US Open; Announcement Made on Wednesday
Tiger Woods has registered for the 2016 U.S. Open, which will take place at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pennsylvania in June. According to the United States Golf Association, he registered at 4:33pm on Wednesday April 4th, just before the 5pm deadline.
With just a month away until the 116th U.S. Open edition scheduled for June 16-19, all 51 players are registered to play, including Jordan Spieth. Although Tiger Woods has filed to compete in the tournament, it’s uncertain whether the 14-time major winner will even play this year. Having undergone two procedures after injuring his lower back in 2015, the timetable for his return has yet to be disclosed.
Will Tiger Play or Not?
The announcement hasn’t convinced many that he will play for certain, as registering to play whilst recovering from an injury isn’t a first for Woods. He also registered for the 2014 U.S. Open after undergoing back surgery, but later decided that he would not play.
Tiger Woods’ return became even more imminent when he was seen giving junior golfers a few pointers while hitting shots over a 45-minute period at the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley in South Carolina a week ago. Speculation on his return continued, with talk of the possibility of him playing at the Wells Fargo Championship next week at Quail Hollow beginning May 5-8, the Players Championship beginning May 12 and the Memorial tournament, which Woods has won 5 times.
Despite the anticipation, Tiger Woods’ agent has repeatedly stated that there is no timetable for his return and had given a statement to ESPN’s Bob Harig regarding Woods’ registration. “Simply procedural.” Steinberg said. “No reason to read anything into this.”
Tiger has been out of action since his last competitive round of golf in August’s Wyndham Championship. After having a microdiscectomy on his lower back and a follow-up to relieve pain, he had been practicing and providing updates on his condition.
Given Woods has been struggling the past three seasons with his injuries and recent play, it would be a miracle to not only see him on the course, but stay on the course through the weekend.
At the very least, his decision to register signals that there’s a chance that Woods’ fans and tournament sponsors will get lucky. For now, we can only hope that he will recover sooner and get back in the game.
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