FURTHER question marks have been placed over the future of Tiger Woods with last night's news that injury has forced the former world No 1 to withdraw from next week's US Open at Congressional.
Woods is not prepared to risk further damage to the left knee and Achilles tendon he strained on the Saturday of the Masters. He returned to action at last month's Players Championship at Sawgrass and limped out of the PGA Tour showpiece after just nine holes.
Without a win anywhere since his private life was rocked by scandal in November 2009, Tiger underwent reconstructive surgery on his left knee soon after his last victory at the Majors, the 2008 US Open at Torrey Pines. It was his fourth operation on the joint.
The latest problem with the knee, he reveals, is "a Grade 1 mild medial collateral ligament strain", while he has also suffered a "mild strain" to the left Achilles tendon.
"It's time for me to listen to my doctors and focus on the future," Woods said. "I was hopeful that I could play the US Open but if I did, I risk further damage to my left leg. I hope to be ready for AT&T National (at the end of this month), the next two Majors and the rest of the year."
Now No 15 in the world rankings, Woods also announced this week he's about to end his 15-year association with International Management Group.