Tiger Woods cannot get out of a bad patch. Having promised to play in the U.S. Open two weeks ago, Woods announced Tuesday that he will miss the tournament. With his leg injury forcing him to pull out of the US Open, Woods’ pursuit of perfection and stalking of Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18 major titles becomes even harder.
It will be a first for Tiger who has played in every U.S. Open since he finished school in 1994. The former No. 1 golfer said that he might participate in the AT&T National that will be held in at Aronimink Golf Club on June 30. Yet, with his withdrawal from a far more major tournament, it is questionable whether he will manage to get ready.
The injured golfer was replaced with Michael Whitehead. A senior at William Marsh Rice University, the youngster made no secret of his joy and surprise at Woods’ withdrawal. He even thanked Tiger for listening to his doctors’ advice. The first alternate in the U.S. Open qualifier at Dallas Athletic Club wouldn’t have got a berth to the US Open otherwise.
Without Woods at the U.S. Open, the chances of other players to win have significantly increased. The current favorites are lefty Phil Mickelson, world’s No. 1 golfer Luke Donald and former No. 1 player Lee Westwood. There have been some concerns that golf might be in big trouble when Woods’ losing streak began but new golf stars have emerged since his last triumph in the Australian Masters in 2009.
There have been some doubts whether Tiger would claim back his once-brilliant performance. It is even harder to tell with Woods sitting out tournaments.