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Pressure Building With US Open Qualification Deadline Looming

Players looking to make the grade to reach the US Open

Posted May 23, 2011 by Chris White

Tiger Woods is looking to be fit despite recurring knee and achilles problems

The US Open is one of the biggest golfing competitions in the world and one of those that the players all dream of competing in. Who wouldn’t? The gorgeous greens, the fantastic fairways, there’s even something strangely alluring about the bunkers.

We will soon find out which players will be at the Congressional Country Club next month, with the top 50 players in the world according to next Monday’s rankings guaranteed places, meaning the pressure is on for those on the fringes to perform and succeed in their competitions this week - The Colonial, Totoumi and World Match Play Championship.

Some big name players are in danger of being forced into qualification competitions, or missing out completely. These players include Sergio Garcia, currently the world number 73, and Vijay Singh, currently the world’s number 59.

Spaniard Garcia, who hasn’t missed a major since 1999, isn’t overly confident about making it into the top 50 – or the US Open for that matter – telling the media last week that if he doesn’t qualify automatically, he “doesn’t deserve to play.”

But the major talking point, aside from who might miss out through the rankings, is the fact that Tiger Woods might be forced to miss the tournament through injury.

35-year old Woods suffered a recurrence of his knee and Achilles injuries in the first round at the TPC Sawgrass last week, forcing him to withdraw from the competition – won by KJ Choi – after just 9 holes.

It was announced afterwards that Woods hadn’t aggravated any of the injuries, and that they were just a recurrence. He tweeted his frustration that night, but remained positive, saying he was “Bummed that my left leg has me on the sidelines, but I want, and expect, to be at the US Open. Will do all I can to get there." He is currently resting the injuries and under-going cold-water therapy and soft tissue treatment to get out there on 16 June.

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