June 07, 2011
"Not playing in US Open," Woods wrote. "Very disappointed. Short-term frustration for long-term gain."
Woods has suffered from a variety of physical ailments for much of the year; his knee problems were severe enough that he withdrew from The Players Championship last month after playing just nine holes. Woods obviously wasn't ready then, and there was talk that the PGA Tour may have pressured him into playing before he was ready.
Woods declined to play in Jack Nicklaus' Memorial tournament, and hinted to Nicklaus that he might not be ready to play at the U.S. Open. Now, it appears he's made his call.
While this will obviously take a touch of the luster off the U.S. Open, it's absolutely the best move for Woods. If he's not at full strength, if he's not ready to compete, the U.S. Open is absolutely the worst place to try to get one's game back. Punishing rough, challenging hole length and the unrelenting pressure of winning another major would almost certainly mean that a Woods bid would end in yet another failure.
So in the long run, this will almost surely be the best possible move for Woods. He's only 35, an age when many of golf's greats still had several majors ahead of them. There's no sense in Woods competing before he's ready and possibly ruining any chance at winning another major ever again.