Via his website, www.TigerWoods.com, Tiger Woods announced on Tuesday that he will miss both next week’s U.S. Open at Oakmont, as well as the PGA Tour event that he hosts, Quicken Loans National at Congressional.
DATE: Jun 16 – Jun 19
TOURNAMENT: U.S. Open Golf Live 2016
Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, PA
DEFENDING CHAMP: Jordan Spieth
“While I continue to work hard on getting healthy, I am not physically ready to play in this year’s U.S. Open and the Quicken Loans National. I am making progress, but I’m not yet ready for tournament competition.
“I want to thank everyone for their continued support. The positive texts, emails and calls I have received have been incredible. I want to wish Mike Davis, Diana Murphy, the USGA, the players and everyone at Oakmont a very successful week.
“I will be hosting and attending my foundation’s tournament, the Quicken Loans National, at Congressional. It’s the 10th year of our tournament, and we continue to support the community, the military and the programs of the Tiger Woods Foundation.”
Woods has not played on the PGA Tour since a T10 last August in the Wyndham Championship.
This will be the third time in six years that Woods misses the U.S. Open. When the national championship was last played at Oakmont — in 2007 — Woods tied for second.
T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.
DATES: The 2016 U.S. Open will be played June 16-19, 2016. The event is part of a compressed PGA Tour summer schedule in 2016, making way for the Olympic golf tournament in Rio de Janeiro in mid-August.
SCORES: The U.S. Open leaderboard will be published on PGA.com the week of the event.
FIELD: Every year, thousands of entrants attempt to advance to one of golf’s grandest stages. This year, there were 9,877 entrants into the local qualifying rounds, from all 50 states and 72 different countries. The field narrowed to roughly 1,000 competitors at the sectional qualifying round level, and was then trimmed to a final U.S. Open field of 156 golfers.