Tiger Woods’ absence leaves 2023 U.S. Open field without Black player

Written by on November 28, 2023

LOS ANGELES − Tiger Woods, recovering from ankle surgery, won’t be at the U.S. Open that starts Thursday. Neither will the impact on golf many thought he’d have.

In 1997, Woods stoked imaginations when he became the first Black player to win the Masters. At just 21, he was the superstar some hoped (and others predicted) would revolutionize the sport by attracting more Black people to the golf course and inspiring the development of top Black pros.

Now look.

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