There was never really a doubt Tiger would play in the US Open, was there? Not for a second. Well, according to the Monterey Herald, he officially submitted his entry to the championship, which will take place at Pebble Beach from June 17-20.
“Tiger has certainly filed an entry, and we’re certainly anticipating that he’s going to play. If someone fully exempt files an entry, generally speaking, they always do play,” said Mike Davis, USGA senior director of rules and competitions. “It’d be very unusual for someone fully exempt like Tiger to file an entry and not play, but it does happen if someone’s knee gets hurt or something like that.”
Oh no, not a knee injury joke! But wait — isn’t there some crazy story where Tiger plays on one leg and wins the US Open? Oh yeah, Torrey Pines in 2008. Anyway! Last time the tournament was held at Pebble Beach in 2000, Tiger blew the field away by 15 strokes.
Now the question is, will he play in a tournament in the meantime and which one? After mentioning he didn’t have the “luxury” for a tune-up before The Masters, it seems only logical he’d want to be at his sharpest for the next major. In his post-round interview on Sunday, he told Peter Kostis he needed “to take a little time off and kind of re-evaluate things.” (Whatever that means in Tiger-speak.)
Conventional wisdom suggests he’ll play at either the Quail Hollow Championship (April 29-May 2), or The PLAYERS Championship (May 6-9). Then there’s also the Jack Nicklaus-hosted tournament, the Memorial Championship from June 3-6. My best bet is we’ll see him next at The PLAYERS. I mean, it’s the PGA Tour’s major and Tiger kind of owes them, right?
Oh, by the way, the US Open falls on the weekend of Father’s Day. Be prepared to watch the creepy Nike ad over and over again — and cringe in horror just like the first dozen times around.
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