Tiger Woods (48, USA) has officially withdrawn from the U.S. Open, the third major of the 2023 men’s golf season, after recently undergoing ankle surgery.
The United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced the 84 players who will compete in the U.S. Open without qualifying based on world rankings and other factors.스포츠토토
The USGA said Woods, a three-time U.S. Open champion, withdrew from the U.S. Open as he takes time to recover from recent surgery. This was the last year Woods was guaranteed a spot in the U.S. Open due to his 2019 Masters victory.
Woods underwent surgery on his right leg and ankle after a major car accident in February 2021, and on March 20, he underwent a second surgery to treat inflammation in his then-broken right ankle radius bone. Experts predicted it would take eight to 12 weeks to recover from the surgery.
Woods made the cut at the Masters Tournament, the first major of the season, last month, but limped badly in the third round and ended up on the operating table. He did not play in the PGA Championship, which concluded last week, and will miss next month’s U.S. Open. He is also unlikely to play in the final major of the season, The Open Championship, which begins in July.
South Korean golfers will be represented at the U.S. Open at Los Angeles Country Club in California, U.S.A., for four days starting next month on Sept. 16, with Lim Sung-jae (25), Kim Joo-hyung (21), Kim Si-woo (28) and Lee Kyung-hoon (32). Lim and Lee qualified for the U.S. Open by earning spots in last year’s final playoff event, the Tour Championship, while Kim reached the top 60 in the world rankings on March 23. Kim won the Sony Open in February to qualify.
LIV golfers have also been announced. Brooks Koepka (USA), who won the PGA Championship after finishing runner-up at the Masters, is the favorite. Koepka also won back-to-back US Open titles in 2017 and 2018.
Bryson DeChambeau (USA), Dustin Johnson (USA), Phil Mickelson (USA), and Cameron Smith (AUS) are among the many players representing LIV Golf.
The PGA Tour will be represented by World No. 1 Scott Schauffler (USA), John Rahm (Spain) and Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland), while Maschu Fitzpatrick (England) will defend his title.
The rest of the field will be finalized on March 13, based on regional qualifying and world rankings.