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Tiger Woods registers for 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont

Tiger Woods finished second at the U.S. Open at Oakmont in 2007.
Tiger Woods finished second at the U.S. Open at Oakmont in 2007. (Getty Images)

OAKMONT, Pa. – Tiger Woods has not provided a date and time for his return to championship golf, but he has done what is required to play in the U.S. Open here in June: register.

Woods, 40, a three-time U.S. Open champion who is recuperating from back surgeries, is exempt into the national championship because of his 2008 victory at Torrey Pines. Yet, to participate in the 116th edition June 16-19 at Oakmont County Club, he needed to register by 5 p.m. Wednesday. Woods registered at 4:33 p.m. April 4, the U.S. Golf Association said.

Tiger Woods' scores from 2007 U.S. Open at Oakmont.
Tiger Woods' scores from 2007 U.S. Open at Oakmont. / Alex Miceli

Woods has been out of professional golf since a second microdiscetomy surgery in September and a follow-up procedure in October by Dr. Charles Rich in Park City, Utah.

With months of rehab under his belt and a recent appearance at a junior tournament in which he pounded drives in a session at the practice range, Woods appears likely to return to professional golf. However, he likely would return sometime before the U.S. Open at demanding Oakmont.

In recent weeks, speculation about when and where Woods might return has swirled. Next week’s Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, N.C., or the June 2-5 Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio, appear to be logical spots for Woods to return. The smart money is on Memorial.

Muirfield Village, the site of the tournament hosted by Jack Nicklaus, is a venue where Woods has dominated, with five titles: 1999, 2000, ’01, ’09 and ’12. In 15 appearances, Woods never has missed a cut at Memorial and has finished among the top 10 eight times.

Woods also has enjoyed success at Quail Hollow Club, site of the Wells Fargo, with a victory in 2007. However, he missed the cut in his two most recent visits, in 2010 and ’12. The last time Woods broke 70 at the Wells Fargo was in an opening-round 65 in 2009, en route to a fourth-place finish.

Woods played in all four majors last year but made it to the weekend only at the Masters, tying for 17th. He missed the cut in the other three majors for the first time in his career.

The 2016 Masters was the first major championship that Woods has missed since the 2014 U.S. Open, when the 14-time major winner withdrew from the Open at Pinehurst because of a back injury. Woods, whose 79 PGA Tour victories ranks second only to Sam Snead’s 82, has not won since claiming the 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

For Woods, who tied for second in the 2007 U.S. Open when the national championship was last held at Oakmont, the course will look a little different than when Angel Cabrera edged out Pennsylvania native Jim Furyk and Woods by a stroke for title.

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