Woods, US Open thanks to special exemption

"The US Open holds a truly special place in golf, and it has played a significant role in shaping my career. I am honored to receive this privilege and couldn't be more excited to play in this year's tournament"

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Woods, US Open thanks to special exemption
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The United States Golf Association (USGA) has announced that Tiger Woods, a 15-time Major champion, has been granted and accepted a special exemption to compete in the 124th edition of the US Open, scheduled to take place from June 13th to 16th at Pinehurst in North Carolina.

Woods, a three-time winner of the US Open (last triumphing in 2008), becomes the first player since 2021 (Phil Mickelson) to receive such a special exemption.

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"The US Open holds a truly special place in golf, and it has played a significant role in shaping my career.

I am honored to receive this privilege and couldn't be more excited to play in this year's tournament," stated Woods. The California native will be making his 23rd career appearance at the US Open, one of the four Major championships in men's golf.

Eldrick Tont "Tiger" Woods, born on December 30, 1975, in Cypress, California, is an American golfer. Regarded as one of the greatest golfers of all time, he is one of the most popular athletes of the early 21st century. With 15 major tournament victories, he revolutionized the world of golf with his athletic achievements and by attracting a new audience.

A prodigy, Tiger Woods started playing golf at a very young age and had an exceptional junior career. As an amateur, he garnered attention for his extraordinary skills and turned professional in late summer 1996. Winning the 1997 Masters, he became the world's number one golfer less than a season after turning professional.

Dominant throughout much of the 2000s, various knee and back problems forced him to reinvent his game. A commercial icon and the face of Nike, Tiger Woods signed numerous lucrative contracts off the golf course, making him one of the wealthiest athletes of the 2000s despite scandals tarnishing his personal life and marriage in 2009.

In April 2019, at the age of 43, he achieved the remarkable feat of winning his fifth Masters at Augusta, securing his 15th career major title, eleven years after his last major victory. On May 6, 2019, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States, by President Donald Trump. On March 8, 2022, he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

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