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Tiger Woods’ status for this year’s U.S. Open is not yet known, but he took a significant step toward possibly playing Thursday.
The tournament announced that Woods has filed entry to play in the event, which will be held from June 16 to 19 at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts.
The deadline to file entry to the U.S. Open was Wednesday, and while Woods isn’t guaranteed to play, he has the option of competing if he chooses.
Woods is coming off the Masters last weekend, his first time competing after his car crash 14 months ago that caused severe leg injuries.
After opening with a one-under 71 in the first round, he made the cut and walked all 72 holes at Augusta National. But Woods was dealing with obvious pain and discomfort and finished at 13 over.
He said Sunday:
“I don’t quite have the endurance that I would like to have had, but as of a few weeks ago, didn’t even know if I was going to play in this event. To go from that to here, we’re excited about the prospects of the future, about training, about getting into that gym and doing some other stuff to get my leg stronger, which we haven’t been able to do because it needed more time to heal.”
Woods won’t play at this weekend’s RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, South Carolina. He did commit to playing in the 150th Open Championship at St. Andrews in July after completing the Masters.