On Monday, United States Golf Association
officials confirmed that Woods formally submitted his entry into the
championship to be held June 17-20.
All players, even those
exempt from qualifying, such as Woods, have to formally apply for entry
into the U.S. Open by April 28. Before Monday, Woods' name did not
appear on the list of registered entries.
After his T4 finish at the Masters on Sunday, Woods told CBS Sports' Peter Kostis
that he needed to "take a little time off and kind of re-evaluate things."Speculation
on Woods's next Tour appearance is centered around the Quail Hollow
Championship in Charlotte, N.C., (April 29-May 2), which Woods plays
regularly, and the Players Championship (May 6-9) at TPC Sawgrass in
Florida. Since the Players is the PGA Tour's "major," it's difficult to
imagine Woods would sit out the event. The Jack Nicklaus-hosted
Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio, (June 3-6) is another event Woods
is unlikely to miss, especially since it would be a good warm-up for the
U.S. Open, which begins June 17.
Woods won the last U.S. Open at
Pebble Beach Golf Links in 2000 by a record 15 strokes, so when he
announced he would play the Masters, it was almost a certainty that he would play
the U.S. Open as well.
"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