Breaking News: Tiger Woods To Miss Open Championship After Ankle Surgery
The world of golf has been rocked by the news that fifteen-time major champion, Tiger Woods, will not be participating in the upcoming Open Championship. This comes as a result of successful ankle surgery he underwent earlier this year after withdrawing from The Masters tournament. Unfortunately for fans of the sport, he also missed out on competing at both the PGA Championship and this week’s US Open.
Woods has made it clear that his priority is competing at all four major championships since suffering severe leg injuries in a car crash last year. However, with his absence from next month’s Royal Liverpool Golf Club event in England, it means he will miss his third consecutive major championship.
A spokesperson for R&A confirmed they had received advice that Tiger would not be playing at Royal Liverpool and wished him well with his recovery.
No timeline was given for when we can expect to see Woods back in competitive action following surgery which involved “subtalar fusion procedure” to treat post-traumatic arthritis in his ankle. Despite making the cut at The Masters earlier this year, fans could clearly see him struggling with movement before ultimately withdrawing during round three citing reaggravation of foot injury; plantar fasciitis.
It should be noted that despite missing two majors so far this season (PGA & US OPEN), Tiger only missed one major championship throughout 2020 – the US Open, after his return from a 17-month absence. This is still an impressive achievement when you consider that he has undergone multiple surgeries and suffered severe injuries during his career.
The three-time Open Championship winner received a standing ovation as he left St. Andrews course after last year’s tournament in Scotland; it was an emotional moment for all involved.