2010 US Open champion Graeme McDowell will take to Congressional this week to defend his title. One player he won’t have to contend with is the legendary Tiger Woods. Woods bowed out of this year’s event due to continuing ailments, most recently knee issues that were originally aggravated at The Masters and then at the PLAYERS.
Eager to prove that his 2010 US Open title was not a fluke, McDowell expressed his concern about Tiger Woods’ health, calling his abscence from the field this week “a massive blow” to the game of golf.
“We all hope as golfers that his health can come back,” said McDowell. “Golf needs him. He has been golf for the last 15 years. Will he be back? Nobody knows at the minute. There’s obviously a lot going on. His mental health is one question and his physical health is now another.”
McDowell was definitely concerned when Woods pulled out of the PLAYERS and felt the injury could be worse than most feared.
“The warning signs were there, but we thought he’d be ready for the U.S. Open,” he said. “Tiger plays his cards close to his chest and it’s pretty difficult to know what’s going on, His quest to beat Jack Nicklaus’s record is one of the great golf stories and we hope he gets better soon.”