Tiger Woods' Wrist Injury Will Prevent Him from Netting Fourth US Open Title

Pete Schauer@@Pete_SchauerCorrespondent IJune 14, 2013

ARDMORE, PA - JUNE 13: Tiger Woods of the United States hits his second shot on the first hole during Round One of the 113th U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club on June 13, 2013 in Ardmore, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
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The last thing Tiger Woods needed was an injured wrist at the 2013 U.S. Open.

During his first round at the U.S. Open, Woods appeared to have injured his wrist thanks to the thick rough at Merion Golf Club.

Yahoo! Sports' Eric Adelson notes that there were three different occasions in which Woods "shook his left wrist" after hitting a shot out of the rough while the Washington Posts' Cindy Boren pondered Woods' behavior on Twitter.

Why is Tiger Woods wincing and shaking his left arm after he swings???

— Cindy Boren (@CindyBoren) June 13, 2013

According to the Associated Press (h/t Fox Sports), Woods denied that his wrist hurt following his first 10 holes on Thursday, but I think that's just Tiger being Tiger. 

A potential wrist injury certainly doesn't bode well for Woods, who's trying to win his first major in five years and is coming off a dismal performance at the Memorial, which ESPN Stats & Info highlighted.

Tiger Woods shot a 296 at the Memorial, his 2nd-worst score in any 4-round event (shot 298 at 2010 WGC Bridgestone)

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 2, 2013

Also going against Woods is the fact that according to PGATour.com,  he ranks 75th on the tour in driving accuracy (61.22 percent), which isn't a favorable statistic at a course like Merion that demands players are accurate off the tee.  

Throughout the first round and into the second, we've already seen how destructive the rough can be to a player's scorecard.

Woods was 3-over par in the first round, bogeying six holes, including four on the front nine. 

The three-time U.S. Open champ has to bring his best game to win at Merion, and even if his wrist is bothering him a little, the odds are certainly against him considering how well Phil Mickelson and Luke Donald have played thus far.

Ultimately, I think the rough at Merion puts too much strain on Tigers' wrist and results in Woods having to wait a bit longer before winning another major.