Tiger Woods will not play in US Open

Tiger Woods announced on his website and Twitter account Tuesday that he will not be playing in this month's US Open golf championship at Congressional Country Club, outside Washington, D.C.

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Tiger Woods of the U.S. hits off the ninth tee during first round play of the Players Championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, in this May 12 file photo. Woods has ruled himself out of next week's U.S. Open because of injury.

Try as he might, Tiger Woods could not get past a recurring leg injury and will not play in the US Open, scheduled to start June 16 at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland.

It's the first time Woods won't be teeing off in the national championship since the 1994 US Open, when he had just graduated from high school.

Woods announced his decision on both his website and Twitter account: "Not playing in US Open. Very disappointed. Short-term frustration for long-term gain."

Tiger was injured during the third round of the Masters in April. He rested his leg and tried to play in the Players Championship last month, near Jacksonville, but could only manage nine holes in the first round before withdrawing from that event.

Woods hopes to be ready for the AT&T National at the end of June, then play in the season's final two majors, the British Open in July and the PGA Championship in August.

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