Tiger Woods has withdrawn from the US Open as he continues to recover from the back surgery that he underwent in March.
Woods announced on his official website that he would miss the tournament at Pinehurst earlier this evening.
He said in a statement: "Unfortunately, I won't be there because I'm not yet physically able to play competitive golf.
"I'd like to convey my regrets to the USGA leadership, the volunteers and the fans that I won't be at Pinehurst.
“The U.S. Open is very important to me, and I know it's going to be a great week. Despite missing the first two majors, and several other important tournaments, I remain very optimistic about this year and my future."
Woods has been struggling with a pinched nerve in his back for a prolonged period of time and went under the knife to rectify the problem, but it has been a slow recovery process so far.
Woods has never set a date on his return, but it known that he was hoping to be back on the course as soon as possible so this recent news – although expected – will, inevitably, be disappointing for him.
The American superstar has been deliberately ambiguous with his aims for a return, knowing that the injury he has suffered with is one that cannot be rushed, but he did say that he was aiming to be back playing in the ‘summer’.
The US Open takes place between the 12th-15th of June, meaning Woods’ absence looks set to last for at least another month.
Indeed, his return date may be likely to be at the third major of the year – the British Open – which begins July 17th.
If he is to be out until then then it is likely to have major reprecussions to his current ranking.
Woods left the sport at the very top of it, holding the number one rank, but he has already been surpassed by Adam Scott and Henrik Stenson and looks set to drop even further down the list as a results of his absence.
The 38-year-old had already missed the Masters, the first major of the year, for the only time in his entire professional career – which started in 1996.
And missing the second major of the year does his chances of catching Jack Nicklaus’ major winning record, which stands at 18, no favours.
He is currently on 14 major wins, but due to his lack of form in recent times has not won one since 2008 and a record it seemed was inevitable he would break now is beginning to look unlikely.
Woods was last seen on a golf course in March and, although it has been reported that he has been practicing putting behind closed doors, the golfing world are continuing to wait with bated breath for his return.
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