Tiger Woods withdraws from Ryder Cup consideration
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Ending months of speculation on whether he'd be a captain's pick, Tiger Woods has told captain Tom Watson that he has withdrawn himself from consideration for the 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup team.
Woods also said in a blog post on his website that he intends to return for his December tournament, the World Challenge, which moves to Isleworth near Orlando this year.
"I've been told by my doctors and trainer that my back muscles need to be rehabilitated and healed. They've advised me not to play or practice now. I was fortunate that my recent back injury was not related to my surgery and was muscular only," Woods' blog post read.
"I have already spoken to Tom [Watson] about the Ryder Cup, and while I greatly appreciate his thinking about me for a possible captain's pick, I took myself out of consideration. The U.S. team and the Ryder Cup mean too much to me not to be able to give it my best. I'll be cheering for the U.S. team. I think we have an outstanding squad going into the matches."
The PGA of America posted via its Twitter account that Woods contacted both Watson and the organization Wednesday.
Woods has played on seven Ryder Cup teams, his first in 1997. He has a 13-17-3 career record, winning only one title in 1999.
The hiatus also means Woods will not be able to take part in Notah Begay III's NB3 Foundation Challenge as had been announced last month.