Tiger Woods has withdrawn from the 2016 PGA Championship, making official that the 14-time major champion will not compete in any of the four major championships this year.
Like when it was revealed that he would not compete in the British Open at Royal Troon, Woods did not make an announcement that he was not playing. Rather, the PGA of America announced Woods' withdrawal with the release of the final full field for next week's PGA Championship at Baltusrol in New Jersey.
Woods will be replaced in the field by Harold Varner III.
Woods has not competed on the PGA Tour since August 2015, when he finished T-10 at the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C. Since then, Woods has undergone a pair of back surgeries: a second microdiscectomy in September 2015 and an undisclosed follow-up procedure the next month, both on the same portion of Woods' back that was operated on in the initial microdiscectomy in April 2014.
When the PGA Championship was last played at Baltusrol in 2005, Woods finished tied for fourth place, two shots behind winner Phil Mickelson.