Is Tiger Woods Playing at the 2023 PGA Championship?

Is Tiger Woods Playing at the 2023 PGA Championship?
Tiger Woods reacts after missing a birdie putt on the 6th hole during the second round at the Masters tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia on Friday, April 7, 2023. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI/ABACAPRESS.COM - Photo by Icon sport

The second major championship is just around the corner and if it’s even half as good as the Masters, which was won by Jon Rahm last month, then we are in for a treat. The tournament, which is taking place at Oak Hill in New York, is set to begin on Thursday, May 18th and a stacked field has been announced today.

Unfortunately, the biggest name in golf, Tiger Woods, doesn’t appear on the submitted list meaning that the 15-time major champion hasn’t recovered from ankle surgery quickly enough to compete at the tournament he’s won on four occasions. It means that Woods will miss out on chasing a fifth PGA Championship for the third time in seven years due to various injury problems.

After being forced to withdraw early from a wet and windy Masters last month, despite making the cut against all odds, Woods underwent surgery a couple of weeks ago. In a statement, Woods said that he had undergone a “subtalar fusion procedure to address his post-traumatic arthritis from his previous talus fracture.”

While there is currently no timeline on his return, many analysts don’t expect him to play again this season, while others believe he may even call time on his illustrious career due to a culmination of problems.

Who is playing at the 2023 PGA Championship?

Although there will be a huge Tiger Woods-shaped hole at the PGA Championship, there are still some big names taking part. World number one Jon Rahm will be there searching for his second major triumph of 2023 as will defending Champion, Justin Thomas, who is chasing a third PGA Championship victory.

Rory McIlroy is also confirmed to be taking part as the Northern Irishman looks to put a miserable couple of months behind him. After missing the cut at the Masters, McIlroy then withdrew from the RBC Heritage which earned him a fine from the PGA. He finally teed it up again last week at the Wells Fargo Championship, but barely made the cut and was never in contention.

One player who seems to have overcome injury problems to play at Oak Hill is Jordan Spieth. The American withdrew from the PGA Tour’s AT&T Byron Nelson this week with a wrist injury and he posted on Twitter to say that he was “focused on healing as quickly as possible” and that would “have to evaluate the injury week to week.”

The 29-year-old’s inclusion in the field obviously means that he is recovering well and he will head into the event looking to complete the career slam after winning the Masters, US Open and Open Championship earlier in his career.

Will LIV Golfers play in the PGA Championship?

In total, there are 18 players from the LIV Golf Series who are confirmed to be playing at the 2023 PGA Championship. The likes of Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Cameron Smith are all set to tee it up in New York, as is Brooks Koepka who came close to winning the Masters last month.

The LIV Tour heads to Cedar Ridge Country Club in Tulsa this week as those playing in the PGA Championship look to gain some form and momentum ahead of this year’s second major championship.

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