Tiger Woods officially out of the U.S. Open

Tiger Woods officially withdrew from the U.S. Open on Wednesday as he continues to recover from back surgery.
Tiger Woods officially withdrew from the U.S. Open on Wednesday as he continues to recover from back surgery. ( Getty Images )

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Tiger Woods will not play in the 114th U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2, he announced on his website on Wednesday afternoon.

"Unfortunately, I won't be there because I'm not yet physically able to play competitive golf," said Woods, who is still recovering from microdiscectomy surgery for a pinched nerve in his back on March 31.

"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 not played a competitive round since March 9 at the WGC-Cadillac Championship.

The U.S. Open also represents the last major that Woods won, playing on a broken leg in 2008 at Torrey Pines, outlasting Rocco Mediate in a playoff.

Woods has missed six major championships due to injury in his career, the 2008 Open Championship and 2008 PGA Championship for the aforementioned broken leg; 2011 U.S. Open and 2011 Open Championship for knee and Achilles injuries; and 2014 Masters for his back surgery.