Tiger Woods receives invitation to play the US Open

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The megastar has not played in three editions of the US Open

For the first time in his career, Tiger Woods has received an invitation to a major.

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The USGA issued a ticket for the 48-year-old golfer who will return to Pinehurst 2 (North Carolina) to a tournament he has not played since 2020 and which he has won three times, the last time in 2008 in that playoff on Monday when he won with a limp and where all his physical problems began to manifest themselves definitively.

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The news comes after Woods‘ exemption for the US Open expired last year when his five-year exemption for all majors, achieved thanks to his victory at the 2019 Masters, the 15th major of his career, came to an end.

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US Open winners have a 10-year exemption for that tournament. “The history of this tournament cannot be written without him,” said the organisers to justify his invitation and not having to go to the qualifiers, which several of the players at LIV Golf, for example, will have to attend.

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“I am honoured to receive this exemption and I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to compete in this year’s US Open, especially at Pinehurst, a place that means so much to golf,” said Tiger.

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