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Tiger Woods has officially committed to playing in this year’s US Open for the first time since 2015.

Woods has submitted his entry for the second major of the year at Shinnecock Hills, where he finished in a tie for 17th the last time the tournament was held at the historic New York course 14 years ago.

The 42-year-old also played in the US Open at Shinnecock as reigning US Amateur champion in 1995, but he was unable to complete his second round due to a wrist injury.

Woods has made an encouraging return to the PGA Tour this year after completing his recovery from spinal fusion surgery, and played in the Masters last week for the first time since 2015.

The 14-time major champion arrived at Augusta National in excellent form after being in contention at both the Valspar Championship and the Arnold Palmer Invitational last month.

But rounds of 73, 75 and 72 left Woods too far back to challenge for a fifth Green Jacket on Sunday, although he closed with a creditable three-under 69 to finish tied for 32nd on one-over par – 16 strokes adrift of champion Patrick Reed.

His performance was enough to lift him back into the world’s top 100 for the first time in three years, although he is now expected to have at least the next three weeks off, returning at either the Wells Fargo Championship early next month or the following week’s Players Championship.

 

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