Tiger Woods Commits To US Open

The 14-time major winner will return to the scene of his first ever US Open

Tiger Woods Commits To US Open
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The 14-time major winner has confirmed his spot in this year's US Open at Shinnecock Hills

Tiger Woods Commits To US Open

Tiger Woods has filed entry into this year's US Open at Shinnecock Hills.

It will be the 14-time major winner's first appearance in the tournament since 2015.

It will also mark 10 years since Woods last won a major at the 2008 US Open at Torrey Pines.

With that win, he got a 10 year exemption into the tournament so this will be his last on that, although the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Tom Watson, Seve Ballesteros and Arnold Palmer received special exemptions into the tournament beyond their 10-year winning period.

Tiger Woods holds the US Open trophy after defeating Rocco Mediate at Torrey Pines in 2008. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

The last time he teed it up in a US Open was at Chambers Bay in 2015 where Jordan Spieth won. He missed the cut that week with rounds of 80 and 76.

This year's event returns to Shinnecock Hills in Long Island, New York for the first time since 2004.

Retief Goosen won the tournament that week whilst Woods finished in a tie for 17th place. Shinnecock also hosted in 1995 when Corey Pavin won. Woods withdrew that week in his first ever US Open start.

Woods tees off in the final round of the 2004 US Open at Shinnecock Hills

The American has won three US Open titles, at Pebble Beach in 2000, Bethpage in 2002, and Torrey Pines in 2008.

He needs one more US Open victory to join Willie Anderson, Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus with four titles.

Woods' victory at Torrey Pines, where he beat Rocco Mediate in a Monday playoff, remains his last major victory to date.

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This year's US Open takes place from 14th-17th June.

Woods said of Shinnecock Hills, "I know it's a great test. I know they've added some length to it to make it more modern, but if the wind blows there, the winning score will be over par.

"When Goose won there, oh my god the putts he made on those greens, they were just ungodly fast. The wind was blowing the ball all over the greens. We hit putts from anywhere from 8-10ft on in and the wind was moving them, that's hard to accept and hard to play for.

Woods playing in his first US Open at Shinnecock Hills in 1995 as 1994 US Amateur Champion. ( MARK PHILLIPS/AFP/Getty Images)

"But if the wind doesn't blow there, there'll be a bunch of guys under par. If it does, different story."

Woods has also committed to playing in The National at the end of June at TPC Potomac. He is expected to tee it up in next month's Players Championship as well.

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Elliott Heath
Elliott Heath

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. Elliott graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He is obsessed with the game and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey. His handicap index floats between 3-5. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.


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