For the second time in four years, Tiger Woods will miss the U.S. Open.
Woods announced Wednesday he will not play in next month’s national championship at Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina.
“Unfortunately, I won’t be there because I’m not yet physically able to play competitive golf,” Woods said on his website. “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.”
The former world No. 1 has been out of action since the WGC-Cadillac Championship on March 9, undergoing microdiscectomy surgery on March 31 to alleviate pain from a pinched nerve in his back.
Woods also missed the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional C.C., host to his Quicken Loans National PGA Tour stop, with a knee injury.
In two previous U.S. Open starts at Pinehurst No. 2, Woods has finished on the medal standing, tying for third in 1999 in the first U.S. Open contested there and notching his first U.S. Open runner-up finish in the ’05 edition when Michael Campbell was the last man standing.