Woods to play in US Open for first time in three years

Tiger Woods spent a lot of time in the pine trees in his return to Augusta National

Tiger Woods spent a lot of time in the pine trees in his return to Augusta National

Tiger Woods has officially entered the U.S. Open for the first time since 2015.

Woods, a three-time victor of this event, is using the last of his 10 exemptions from winning the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines.

This year's US Open will be held from June 14-17 at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, New York. He will receive future exemptions if he finishes in this year's top 10, qualifies for the 2018 Tour Championship or plays his way into the top 60 in the world by next year's event.

Woods is coming off a fairly disappointing showing in the season's first major, posting a 32nd-place finish to sit 16 shots behind victor Patrick Reed at the Masters.

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THE USGA announced today the three-time US Open champion will compete in this year's second major. He also won his national championship in 2000 and 2002 and would join Willy Anderson, Ben Hogan, Bobby Jones, and Jack Nicklaus as the only golfers with four U.S. Open wins.

Woods hasn't played the U.S. Open since he missed the cut at Chambers Bay with rounds of 80-76. It was his worst performance ever at major, as he beat only three players who completed 36 holes and was a shell of the player who won 14 major championships.

Woods drew record crowds at the Masters with fans eager to catch a glimpse of the 14-time major victor.

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