Since suffering a pinched nerve in his back in early March, everyone has been wondering when we will see Tiger Woods on the golf course again. Although recently undergoing microdiscectomy surgery to improve the issue, there were some that thought we could see him again for the 114th U.S. Open next month as he continues his quest toward Jack Nicklaus’ 18 major championships record.
Well that won’t be the case as Woods announced on his website Wednesday that while the surgery went well, he won’t be able to rehab in enough time to make it to the event.
“Unfortunately, I won’t be there because I’m not yet physically able to play competitive golf,” Woods said. “I’d like to convey my regrets to the USGA leadership, the volunteers and the fans that I won’t be at Pinehurst. The U.S. Open is very important to me, and I know it’s going to be a great week. Despite missing the first two majors, and several other important tournaments, I remain very optimistic about this year and my future.”
Woods hasn’t seen any action on the golf course since the WGC-Cadillac Championship on March 9. Missing the U.S. Open next month will mark the sixth major that Woods will have missed due to injuries.
Without Woods on the course, the sport has suffered mightily. A recent report from Golf.com revealed that the sport itself could suffer a jaw-dropping $15 billion loss just by Woods being absent from the sport that he helped bring to the forefront of the mainstream sports world.
“Adgate and other analysts say it’s impossible to a put a precise price tag on Tiger’s absence. But if we do the math and arrive at a ballpark number in a golf industry valued at around $68.8 billion, it pencils out at roughly $15 billion. Gulp!”
As of this time, there is no timetable for when Tiger could return to the course to help prevent the sport from taking that significant financial hit; we just know that it won’t be at the Open.