Tiger Woods tells British Open organizers he is OUT of next month’s tournament

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Tiger Woods tells British Open organizers he is OUT of next month’s tournament after April ankle surgery

  • Tiger Woods had an operation just 10 days after withdrawing from The Masters
  • Before that tournament, he hinted it could be the last time he plays at Augusta 
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Tiger Woods has told organizers of the British Open that he will not be playing at Royal Liverpool next month after ankle surgery in April.

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‘We have been advised that he won’t be playing at Hoylake,’ said Mike Woodcock of the R&A to Sports Illustrated.

Woods had an operation on his ankle in New York in April – 10 days after he withdrew from the Masters after reaggravating plantar fasciitis.

The surgery was carried out by Dr. Martin O’Malley at HSS Sports Medicine Institute in New York on the 47-year-old. 

No timeline was given for his return but a statement at the time said: ‘Tiger underwent a subtalar fusion procedure to address his post-traumatic arthritis from his previous talus fracture. 

Tiger Woods has informed organizers of the British Open that he will not play there next month

Tiger Woods has informed organizers of the British Open that he will not play there next month

Woods last played at The Masters but needed an operation 10 days after his withdrawal

Woods last played at The Masters but needed an operation 10 days after his withdrawal 

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

While Woods’ withdrawal from the British Open is not a huge surprise, news of the operation has inevitably placed further scrutiny on whether he will return to golf at all.

Before the Masters this year – and before Woods reaggravated his plantar fasciitis – he even suggested it could be the last time he is able to compete at Augusta National.

‘I don’t know how many more I have in me,’ he said, pre-tournament. ‘I’m very lucky to have the leg.

‘Mobility and endurance – going forward it will never be the same. I can’t prepare and play as many tournaments as I’d like but that’s ok and I’m ok with it.’

Wet weather caused delays and backlogs to proceedings at Augusta, meaning Woods faced playing 29 holes on the fourth day at The Masters.

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The 15-time major winner scraped through to the weekend after making the cut by a single shot, but was battered by the conditions at the start of his third round and he dropped to the bottom of the leaderboard at +9.

Woods was injured in 2021 when his car careened off a suburban Los Angeles road at over 85 mph, crushing his right leg so badly that he said doctors considered amputation. Asked how much hardware held it together, Woods replied: ‘A lot.’

He was additionally forced to pull out of the Hero World Challenge in December, citing Plantar Fasciitis but did tee it up alongside son, Charlie, at the PNC Championship later that month, where he was permitted to use a golf cart.

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