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Woods named recipient of prestigious Bob Jones Award by USGA

Tiger Woods has been selected to receive the Bob Jones Award, the highest honour from the USGA that recognizes his commitment to sportsmanship and respect for golf’s traditions.

Woods typically is honoured for his performances on the course, where he has won 15 majors among his 82 career victories on the PGA Tour, but now follows Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Ben Hogan to win the accolade.

“This award goes beyond playing performance, recognizing the lasting impact of one person’s journey that has forever changed the image and growth of golf,” said Mike Whan, the CEO of the USGA.

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“There are very few who stand alongside Tiger Woods in terms of on-course accomplishments, and he is in a class of his own when it comes to the impact he has made on the game and future generations who will play it.”

Woods was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2022 and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Donald Trump in 2019.

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The 48-year-old is a nine-time USGA champion, winning three straight US Junior Amateurs and US Amateur Championships before winning securing the US Open at Pebble Beach in 2000, Bethpage Black in 2002 and Torrey Pines in 2008.

“Bob Jones was a pillar of our game because of the integrity with which he played it, and I’m truly humbled to receive the award that bears his name and join the many who have received it before me who continue his legacy,” Woods said in a statement.

Woods will be honoured on Wednesday June 12 during the US Open at Pinehurst No 2 in North Carolina, although the 15-time major champion is currently not eligible to compete unless he is given a tournament exemption by the USGA.

Other past recipients of the Bob Jones Award include Mickey Wright, Francis Ouimet, Byron Nelson, Nancy Lopez, President George H.W. Bush, Patty Berg and Annika Sorenstam.

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What next for Woods?

Woods, who said last year he was targeting ‘a tournament a month’ in 2024, saw his comeback cut short at February’s Genesis Invitational after withdrawing during his second round through illness.

The world No 906 is expected to play once on the Florida Swing ahead of the major season, likely The Players later this month, while Woods is also listed in the field for the Seminole Golf Club pro-member event on Monday March 4 in Florida.

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The Players Championship is on the horizon, with coverage live from March 14-17 on Sky Sports

Woods is expected to be back in action at The Masters from April 11-14 as he chases a sixth Green Jacket, while the PGA Championship from May 16-19 takes place at Valhalla – the venue where Woods lifted the Wanamaker Trophy in 2000 as part of the ‘Tiger Slam’.

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