Woods aiming to regroup for Masters defence after early US Open exit

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Tiger Woods is set to play just one more competitive event before defending his Masters title following his early exit from the US Open.

Woods birdied two of his last three holes at Winged Foot, but a second round of 77 meant he still comfortably missed the cut on 10 over par.

The 15-time major winner now plans to play a charity event on Tuesday and defend the Zozo Championship – which has been moved from Japan to California due to the coronavirus pandemic – from October 22-25 before November’s Masters at Augusta National.

“Probably I’m not going to be swinging a club for a little bit. Well, until Tuesday,” Woods said. “And then after that, take a little break and then refocus and get back after it.

“There’s still one more major to go, and my title defence at Sherwood. We have a couple big, big things ahead of us.

“It’s frustrating that I’m not going to be here for the weekend and be able to compete for this great championship.

“It feels like the way the golf course is changing, is turning, that anybody who makes the cut has the opportunity to win this championship. I didn’t get myself that opportunity.

“Physically it was frustrating that I didn’t drive the ball as well as I needed to. Iron play was pretty much the way it has been. It’s been good and I finally putted well.

“But on this golf course it’s imperative that you hit fairways, and I did not do that.”

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