July 06, (THEWILL) – Tiger Woods has claimed that he was unable to participate in the 2022 U.S. Open due to problems with his surgically repaired right leg.
Earlier this year, Woods participated in the Masters and the PGA Championship, making the cut in both competitions before struggling to compete as expected. After shooting a third-round 79, he was forced to withdraw from the PGA due to leg problems.
Woods explained: “The plan was to play the U.S. Open, but physically I was not able to do that. There’s no way physically I could have done that. I had some issues with my leg and it would have put this tournament in jeopardy, and so there’s no reason to do that.”
The Golf Hall of Famer has not participated in a golf tournament since. He returned on Monday in the JP McManus Pro-Am, his first competition since. Despite the challenges, Woods said his return had been worthwhile, but he admitted playing at a championship level might not be on the cards.
“I don’t know. I really don’t,” Woods said. “If you asked me last year whether I would play golf again, all of my surgeons would have said no. But here I am playing two major championships this year. I will always be able to play golf, whether it’s this leg or someone else’s leg or false leg or different body pieces that have been placed or fused.”
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