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04 June 2010 :: 13:06:56 pm 23800

Tiger Woods to play US Open Despite Fitness Concerns

Current world number one golfer Tiger Woods has announced that he will participate at the US Open despite ongoing concerns over a persistent neck injury.
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United States, the 3rd of June 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: Apparently recovering ‘nicely’ from a neck injury which saw him pull out of last months Players Championships, Wood’s stated that although he was not 100% fit or entirely recovered from his injury he would be right to compete at the upcoming US Open.

Competing at the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village over the weekend, Tiger revealed; “My neck feels pretty good, still not where I want it to be, but the inflammation has calmed down a bit.” The Memorial will be his only competitive tune-up prior to this year’s US Open, a tournament that he has won on no less than 3 occasions. The last time the Open was held at California’s Pebble Beach, Tiger won the event by a record 15 strokes from South Africa’s Ernie Els (2 time champion) and Spain’s Miguel Ángel Jiménez.

The untimely nature of Tiger’s Injury, amidst his ongoing marital problems, will not affect his standing with the bookmakers who are sure to instil him as one of the favourites to take out the tournament. A win at the US Open would see Tiger win his 15th major, bringing him within 3 of record holder Jack Nicklaus on 18.

Questions over Tiger’s integrity have been raised over the past 3-4 months, both in his private life and in the realm of golf. Following a press conference in which he revealed no immediate fitness concerns Tiger then pulled out of the recent Players Championships stating that he was suffering from a persistent and ongoing neck injury. When questioned in relation to his statements about him being completely fit Tiger retorted, “You don’t need to know.”

Tiger stated that he had been suffering with a persistent but undiagnosed neck injury since before the start of the US Master at Augusta in April. “The symptoms were such that it could have been anything. I had a hard time turning back (and) turning through and the headaches were just unreal at times.

Since pulling out of the Players Championships Tiger has undergone an MRI scan which revealed, “a lot of inflammation in the joint (which) has since calmed down. It’s a little sore after a hard day of practice but I can recover for the next day, which is good. I’ve got range of motion. I’m good enough to play, definitely.”

In an attempt to allay media intensity surrounding his decision to compete at the US Open, Tiger reminded the gathered media that he had only played 9 competitive rounds of golf this year, hopefully 13 before the start of the tournament.  “It’s going to take a little time and hopefully that time will be short,” he said. “It’s great to hit it at home but I need to bring it out here. Ultimately, once you bring it out there you’ve got to bring it to a major championship. Once you do that, you’ve got to bring it to the Major championship on the back nine.”


Reporter : Harry Roberts   Photo : Internet   Category : Sports News

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