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Reports: Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson enter U.S. Open

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May 24, 2020; Hobe Sound, FL, USA; Phil Mickelson plays his shot from the first tee as Tiger Woods looks on during The Match: Champions for Charity golf round at the Medalist Golf Club.  Mandatory Credit: Handout Photo by Getty Images for The Match via USA TODAY Sports
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Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson put their names into contention for the U.S. Open Championship, multiple outlets reported Thursday.

That doesn’t mean that either, or both, are confirmed to participate in the tournament, scheduled for The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., from June 16-19. Wednesday night was the deadline to reserve their spots should they choose to play.

Woods played in his first tournament in more than a year last weekend at the Masters, finishing 47th, as he works his way back from injuries sustained in a devastating single-car crash in February 2021. He has committed to playing at The Open at St. Andrews in July, but not in the PGA Championship at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Okla., or the U.S. Open.

Mickelson hasn’t played on the tour since January after controversial comments he made about a planned Saudi Arabia-backed golf league and his criticisms of the PGA Tour went public.

They were among the 9,265 golfers to enter the tournament. Woods and Mickelson are among 48 players — including 12 past U.S. Open champions — who are exempt and have an automatic entry. Thousands of other entrants will try to qualify through local tournaments.

Jon Rahm of Spain won the U.S. Open last year at Torrey Pines Golf Course near San Diego.

Woods has won the U.S. Open three times — 2000, 2002 and 2008. It is the only major that Mickelson hasn’t won, though he is a six-time runner-up.

Mickelson, 51, won the PGA Championship last summer to earn a five-year U.S. Open exemption.

–Field Level Media