Tiger Woods Officially Withdraws From 2023 U.S. Open Due To Ankle Surgery

Photo: Instagram/Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods has made the difficult decision to withdraw from the upcoming 2023 U.S. Open, which will be held at the Los Angeles Country Club in June.

This announcement does not come as a surprise, as the 15-time major winner underwent ankle surgery in April after competing in The Masters. The surgery, known as subtalar fusion, was necessary to address post-traumatic arthritis resulting from a car accident that caused Woods to break his leg.

The golf legend had already pulled out of The Masters, citing recurring plantar fasciitis as the reason. This condition had been bothering him even after he successfully made the cut for the tournament, which he had achieved for an impressive 23rd consecutive time.

Photo: Instagram/Tiger Woods was involved in a serious car accident on February 23, 2021. The accident occurred in Los Angeles County, California, and resulted in significant injuries.

Since 2019, Woods has not participated in the U.S. Open due to a combination of factors, including the COVID-19 outbreak and multiple injuries.

In his last U.S. Open appearance, he finished tied for 21st place, with a two-under par score when the tournament returned to Pebble Beach. The ankle surgery took place on April 19 at the Hospital for Special Surgery's Sports Medicine Institute in New York.

It is worth noting that this year's U.S. Open would have held special significance for Woods, as it would have been a homecoming of sorts, given that he was born in Cypress, California, which is located approximately 40 miles from the Los Angeles Country Club.

Throughout his illustrious career, Woods has secured three U.S. Open titles, winning in 2000 at Pebble Beach, 2002 at Bethpage Black, and 2008 at Torrey Pines.

Alongside Woods' withdrawal, the United States Golf Association (USGA) has announced that 25 new players have earned exemptions through their positions in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Notable PGA Tour players who have made the cut include Wyndham Clark, Harris English, Tommy Fleetwood, Ryan Fox, Rickie Fowler, Russell Henley, Lucas Herbert, Si Woo Kim, Chris Kirk, Kurt Kitayama, Matt Kuchar, Adrian Meronk, Keith Mitchell, Taylor Moore, Alex Noren, Seamus Power, and Adam Svensson.

Additionally, LIV Golf's Abraham Ancer, Guillermo Mito Pereira, and Thomas Pieters, as well as the European Tour's Victor Perez, have joined the field for this year's U.S. Open.

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Source: Daily Mail

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