Tiger Woods officially commits to play in U.S. Open at Pebble Beach
Tiger Woods left the golf world hanging when he told CBS’ Peter Kostis that he wasn’t sure when he’d be back on tour again, and that he’d need to take some time to “re-evaluate” things. Given Woods’ cryptic response, many were left to wonder how long he’d stay away from the game this time around.
Well, the golf world got an answer, as GolfDigest.com broke the news that Woods was officially committing to play in the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, June 17-20.
Should he not return to play before then, that would leave roughly two months for him to get his game in order.
Quite honestly, Tiger would have been crazy to miss the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. He won by a record 15 shots back in 2000 at the majestic course (he was also the only player to finish under-par for the week), so the chance to dominate the field and the Monterey Peninsula course, again, has to be very tempting.
But the bigger question here is if he’ll return prior to Pebble Beach. You’d have to assume he would, especially given how up-and-down his game was at Augusta. You’d have to imagine a tune-up (or two) before the U.S. Open would make sense.
The best chance for a Tiger sighting prior to the second major of the year would be at the Quail Hollow Championship (a tournament Woods has won previously) at the end of this month. The other option would be the Players Championship at the TPC at Sawgrass, May 6th-9th. One or both tournaments would be a great test for Woods before he returns to the major championship stage.