Tiger Woods has registered to play at the U.S. Open in June in what will be his first major appearance of the year after missing the Masters.
The 40-year-old had until Wednesday to register for the major at Oakmont Country Club in June, but according to the United States Golf Association he registered on April 4.
Woods has not played competitive golf since August last year and has undergone three operations to fix chronic back issues.
While Woods’ registration for the U.S. Open offers a glimmer of hope that he is on the verge of making his long-awaited comeback, his agent Mark Steinberg told ESPN that it was “simply procedural”.
The three-time U.S. Open winner registered for the event last year, but didn’t feature in the event and it’s possible this could happen once more.
In his last PGA Tour appearance, which was at the Wyndham Championship, the three-time U.S. Open champion finished in a tie for 10th.