As expected, Tiger Woods elected to take a pass at a place where he has had plenty of success over the years, the Memorial Tournament next week in Columbus, Ohio.
Woods has won the Jack Nicklaus-hosted event four times, but as he indicated earlier this week, it was doubtful he would play while trying to recover from a series of injury issues in his legs.
Woods on Tuesday described his chances of playing as "doubtful." He also indicated he hadn’t begun hitting balls in practice, had been walking on crutches and wearing a walking isolation boot on a foot in an attempt to recover from the maladies that prompted his exit from his last start after nine holes.
Interestingly, on his website, Woods lists his next start at the AT&T National, which his charity hosts. No mention of the U.S. Open in two weeks is made as far as his upcoming schedule, for whatever that's worth.
In another curious development, Rory Sabbatini withdrew from the Memorial on Tuesday, the tournament website noted in a posting with its list of commitments, prompting fast speculation that he has finally been suspended by the tour for two on-course meltdowns earlier this season.
Sabbatini entered, then withdrew, from Memorial.
Sabbatini was 10 over par through 15 holes at the Byron Nelson on Friday when the field list for Memorial was posted.