On Friday, the No.1 player in the world, Tiger Woods announced his knee isn’t quite ready for tournament play. Woods, who hasn’t played in a tournament since his second place finish at the Masters, will likely target for his return for the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines (South Course) in La Jolla, California. The U.S. Open, which is scheduled to tee off June 12th through the 15th, was won last year by the Argentine, Angel Cabrera.
Woods, who underwent arthroscopic surgery (April 15) in his left knee, has won The Memorial three times in the past. But Tiger will have to wait for next season, to make it an even 4.
Furthermore, with this new layoff, this means that when Tiger Woods tees it off in his projected U.S. Open return, he will have gone over 2 months since he last played in a professional tournament.
On his behalf, Tiger’s agent at IMG, Mark Steinberg, released this statement: "Tiger was looking forward to playing at the Memorial… but unfortunately, the timing of his recovery will not allow him to do so."
Contemplating his U.S. Open return, Woods expressed last week: The golf course will be set up fair and it will be set up difficult… and you're going to have to play well. You can't just scrape around that golf course and win a U.S. Open."
Woods isn’t the only big-name player that will be absent from this weekend’s Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio. PGA Tour fan-favorite Adam Scott also announced Friday, that he will not be participating in The Memorial due to illness.