Tiger Woods accepts special exemption to play US Open

Tiger Woods has accepted a special exemption into next month's US Open at North Carolina's Pinehurst Resort and Country Club.

Woods, who counts three US Open titles among his 15 major wins, most recently competed at the Masters in April where he finished last among the 60 players who made the cut at Augusta National Golf Club.

"The US Open, our national championship, is a truly special event for our game and one that has helped define my career," said Woods, who'll be the centre of attention again at the event between June 13-16.

"I'm honoured to receive this exemption and could not be more excited for the opportunity to compete in this year's US Open, especially at Pinehurst, a venue that means so much to the game."

Woods has hardly been a full-time player in recent years and dropped to 789th in the world ranking. His five-year exemption into the US Open after winning the 2019 Masters has run out.

This year will mark Woods' 23rd Open appearance, his third at Pinehurst and first since the 2020 edition at Winged Foot Golf Club. He was the runner-up to Michael Campbell in the 2005 event at Pinehurst.

Woods' most recent US Open triumph came in 2008 when he won a 19-hole playoff over Rocco Mediate despite playing on what was essentially a broken leg.

Despite nagging injuries that have limited his playing schedule, Woods made an encouraging start to the 2024 Masters where he earned a tournament record 24th consecutive cut before struggling over the weekend.