Tiger confident about US Open participation

Published 29/05/2011 10:03:25

Tiger Woods has maintained he is still fully confident of his participation at next month's US Open, despite the former world number one spending this week using crutches and wearing a protective boot. The measures are more precautionary then necessary after Tiger was forced to withdraw from last week's Players Championship at Sawgrass with knee, achilles, calf and back complaints. The 35-year-old is doubtful for next week's Memorial Tournament in Ohio but Tiger has made it clear he will be "ready to go" by the time the Tour heads to the Congressional next month.

The fear was that Woods may be forced to have a fifth operation on his troublesome knee but doctors have given the all-clear, although the long term effects of the knee trouble are still not known and those following the golf betting will be worried about the potential impact.

"I feel that, in the next week or so, I can start practicing pain free. That's where I'm at. I've had four surgeries on it. Obviously, it's not what it was when I was little," he said.

It is looking increasingly likely that Tiger will go into this year's second major with little or no practice time on the course. It won't be the first US Open Woods has been forced to start without much preparation time, and it didn't do him too much harm then. In 2008, Tiger was forced to undergo surgery after the Masters only returning at the US Open at Torrey Pines. Despite no preparation as well as sustaining a double stress fracture to his left tibia, Woods went on to take the title in stunning circumstances. Those looking at the 2011 US Open golf betting will be doubtful he can put in another performance like this.

While Tiger should be in much better shape heading into this year's tournament, there are concerns that the real problems with his mental rather than physical condition. After nearly two years without a title, Tiger's lack of form has now seen his world ranking drop to a 14 year low of 12th. How bigger impact that will have when he next takes to the course remains to be seen but it certainly will give Tiger plenty of motivation to show he is still the best player in the world.


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