Tiger Woods To Miss US Open As He Recovers From Ankle Surgery

Woods will miss his second Major in a row as he continues his rehab

Tiger Woods of the United States looks on from the 18th green during the continuation of the weather delayed second round of the 2023 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club
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Tiger Woods has withdrawn from next month's US Open at Los Angeles Country Club as he continues to recover from ankle surgery.

The 47-year-old last featured at The Masters in April but was forced to pull out ahead of Sunday's weather-delayed third round after battling to make his 23rd consecutive cut at Augusta National.

Woods was seen limping badly in the cold and damp Georgia conditions and cited a return of his plantar fasciitis as the reason he could no longer continue. In the days following Jon Rahm's victory, the 15-time Major champion announced he had undergone subtalar fusion surgery on his right ankle to alleviate symptoms of arthritis that made it difficult to walk 72 holes.

"Earlier today, Tiger underwent a subtalar fusion procedure to address his post-traumatic arthritis from his previous talus fracture," a statement read. "It was performed by Dr Martin O’Malley at HSS Sports Medicine Institute in New York City. He has determined the surgery to be successful.

"Tiger is currently recovering and looks forward to beginning his rehabilitation."

Now, the USGA has confirmed that Woods will miss his second Major in a row and third consecutive US Open as America's national championship heads to Los Angeles Country Club for the first time.

Woods has won the US Open on three occasions: 2000, 2002 and 2008, when he defeated Rocco Mediate in a playoff at Torrey Pines despite playing with a torn ACL and a double stress fracture on his left leg.

He suffered career-threatening injuries in a horror car crash in February 2021 and has completed an official 72-hole event only twice since: the 2022 Masters and 2023 Genesis Invitational.

Woods has been adamant he will never play a full schedule again but will attempt to play in the Majors and perhaps a couple more events when he feels healthy enough. 

It remains to be seen when he will feature again following his latest surgery. We spoke to foot and ankle surgeon and consultant Nima Heidari, who all but ruled out any prospect of Woods teeing it up at this year's Open at Royal Liverpool, where he won the Claret Jug in 2006.

He said: "My usual routine is that you do the operation. They then need to be non-weight-bearing so they can't walk on their heel for up to six weeks. I then do a CT scan to see how the bones are knitting together and then there is a process of gradually increasing the load-bearing on the heel up to the 12-week mark."

Andrew Wright
Freelance News Writer

A lifelong golf fan, Andy graduated in 2019 with a degree in Sports Journalism and got his first role in the industry as the Instruction Editor for National Club Golfer. From there, he decided to go freelance and now covers a variety of topics for Golf Monthly. 

Andy took up the game at the age of seven and even harboured ambitions of a career in the professional ranks for a spell. That didn’t pan out, but he still enjoys his weekend golf at Royal Troon and holds a scratch handicap. As a side note, he's made five holes-in-one and could quite possibly be Retief Goosen’s biggest fan.

As well as the above, some of Andy's work has featured on websites such as goal.com, dailyrecord.co.uk, and theopen.com.

What's in Andy's bag?

Driver: Callaway Mavrik Sub-Zero (9°)

3-wood: TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus (15°)

Driving iron: Titleist U500 (17°)

Irons: Mizuno mp32 (4-PW)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM9 (50°, 54° and 58°)

Putter: Titleist Scotty Cameron Newport 2.5

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x