Woods hoping for US Open return

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Tiger Woods is aiming to return from his injury lay-off at the US Open next month.

Tiger Woods is aiming to return from his injury lay-off at the US Open next month.

The former world number one, and current world No 12, is still battling with the knee and Achilles injuries that forced him to withdraw from the Players Championship earlier this month after only nine holes.

Woods would dearly love to add to three US Open titles he’s already won in his career, and is targeting a return to professional competition at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland next month to chase a fourth.

“I’ve been resting and haven’t been able to do much,” he said.

“I’ve been in a boot for my Achilles. I have been on crutches to take some pressure off the knee and my back, because when you’re in a boot, you start limping, (and your) back gets a little sore.”

The 35-year-old was disappointed at having to pull out at Sawgrass, but is more hopeful of making a genuine return next month.

“I was excited about the event (Players Championship) and felt I could give it a go, I tried to play – unfortunately, it didn’t quite work out that well,” he said.

“I’m basically going to start strength training by the end of next week to get that thing a little bit stronger, because obviously it’s atrophied from not doing anything for a while, and try to get it in golf shape again.”

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