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Tiger Woods to Skip U.S. Open at Oakmont

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 June 2016 18:33 Tuesday, 07 June 2016 18:28

Tiger WoodsCanadian Press

OAKMONT, Pennsylvania (Doug Ferguson/AP) — For the third time in the past six years, the U.S. Open will go on without three-time champion Tiger Woods.

Woods said on his website that he is not ready for tournament competition and will skip the U.S. Open next week at Oakmont, along with his Quicken Loans National the following week at Congressional.

“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,” he said. “I am making progress, but I’m not yet ready for tournament competition.”

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Canada’s Rubenstein to Co-Write Book with Tiger

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 June 2016 18:58 Tuesday, 07 June 2016 17:54

Tiger Woods and Lorne RubensteinCanadian Press

NEW YORK, New York — Tiger Woods is getting back to work – as an author.

Woods is writing his second book, which will look back on his historic victory in the 1997 Masters, when he broke 20 records and became the first player of black heritage to win a major championship.

The book, which does not yet have a title, will be co-written with Canadian golf writer Lorne Rubenstein and be released in hardcover, as an e-book and in audio editions in March 2017, a month before the 20th anniversary of his first Masters title.

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Tiger Says He is ‘Progressing Nicely,’ No Date for Return

Last Updated on Monday, 16 May 2016 22:13 Monday, 16 May 2016 21:52

Tiger Woods at the Quicken Loans National Tournament Media AvailabilityCanadian Press

BETHESDA, Maryland (Ben Nuckols/AP) — Tiger Woods grimaced as he took three warmup swings after sitting in a chair for 30 minutes on a cool, blustery Monday morning at Congressional talking about his upcoming tournament. Hitting a ceremonial shot from a forward tee on the par-3 10th hole, he chunked his first attempt into the pond short of the green.

He asked for another ball. That one splashed, too. With officials from his foundation egging him on, he tried one more time. The last one cleared the pond, but not by enough. It landed on a steep bank and rolled down into the water.

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Bluejack National, Tiger’s First Course Design in the U.S., Opens

Last Updated on Friday, 29 April 2016 09:09 Friday, 29 April 2016 09:02

Tiger Woods plays at Bluejack National grand openingMONTGOMERY, Texas (Tiger Woods Design) — The grand opening of Bluejack National in Montgomery, Texas, was more than a celebration of Tiger Woods’ first course design in the United States.

It was also a welcome back party for Woods, who played five holes with his friend and Bluejack National ambassador Mark O’Meara. Woods, who is coming off a third back surgery, said they were the first holes he has played since competing in the Wyndham Championship last August.

“I’m definitely a little tired, but I feel pretty good,” Tiger said. “I haven’t been out here playing like this. You see the rust. It’s fun to be here.

“It’s fun to be at Bluejack and do something like this and to have the turnout like they did, as many people as we did and have as many families come out as we did. That’s what’s fun.”

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Woods Making Progress Toward a Return; No Date Set

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 April 2016 21:38 Tuesday, 26 April 2016 21:20

Tiger WoodsCanadian Press

(Doug Ferguson/AP) — Tiger Woods registered for the U.S. Open, which was more procedure than pronouncement. Three weeks later, he played five holes during the official opening of the golf course he designed outside Houston. The next step is returning to competition, for which the timeframe remains unknown.

Monday was the first time he had played any golf holes since the Wyndham Championship in August, he said, contrary to speculation that he had played at The Medalist near his home in South Florida. He described those five holes at Bluejack National as "nice and smooth."

“That’s harder than I have been going at it the last month,” Woods told reporters for Global Golf Post and ESPN. “Just gradually progressing. We’re just trying to progress, and I’m doing that.”

As for the return? Woods said he hasn’t set a date, which he described as frustrating. Then again, he said, he never would have thought he would be this far along five months ago at his tournament in the Bahamas, where he was in pain from two back surgeries.

Woods had to register for the U.S. Open at Oakmont (June 16-19) by the deadline.

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