Tiger Woods Withdraws From The Open

Updated: 02 July 2016 07:46 IST

The 40-year-old Tiger Woods, who has 14 Major championships - including three Opens - under his belt, said last weekend that he might not return to competitive golf this year.

Tiger Woods Withdraws From The Open
Tiger Woods, a 14-time major winner, has not played competitive golf since August 2015 following back surgery. © AP

London:

Ailing US golfing legend Tiger Woods withdrew from The Open at Royal Troon on Friday as he continues to recover from back surgery he underwent last year.

The 40-year-old 14-time major champion -- which includes three Opens -- said last weekend he might not return to competitive golf this year.

"Tiger Woods has withdrawn from The Open and is replaced by Marcus Fraser of Australia," said a statement from the Open organisers the R&A.

Woods, who has one definite golfing date as he is a vice-captain at this year's Ryder Cup, said last Sunday he was working hard to get back but a definitive date for his return was not fixed.

"I would like to say next week, but I can't," said Woods, who hasn't played since last August.

"It's not fun. It's a tough road. I know I'm getting better. I'm progressing, but still I'm just not quite ready to be out here."

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Highlights
  • Tiger Woods has withdrawn from The Open, to be held in July
  • He is a 14-time Major championship winner
  • He also had three Open victories under his belt
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