Tiger withdraws from US Open

Tiger Woods

The inevitable today became the truth – Tiger Woods will not play next week’s US Open.

Woods, 40, made it official overnight, still not ready to go after back surgeries last year and also withdrawing from his own tournament at Congressional.

"While I continue to work hard on getting healthy, I am not physically ready to play in this year's US Open and the Quicken Loans National. I am making progress, but I'm not yet ready for tournament competition," Woods wrote on his website.

"I want to thank everyone for their continued support. The positive texts, emails and calls I have received have been incredible.

For a third time in five years, the long-time world No.1 will miss two major championships in a season, turning the question to how many more he might miss.

Woods' agent, Mark Steinberg, said in April he "absolutely" expected his client to play this year. There's still time, but Woods is starting to run out of events.

US Golf Digest speculated: “It's hard to imagine the 14-time major champ playing in the Barracuda Championship at the end of the month – especially since its opposite the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational he's won eight times.

“Then there's the Greenbrier Classic July 7-10. If Woods doesn't play then, again, it seems unlikely he'd made his comeback at a major the next week at The Open. After that, there's just the Canadian Open before the (US) PGA Championship and just a three other events before the start of the FedEx Cup playoffs, which Woods hasn't qualified for since 2013.”

Woods has fallen to No.507 in the world rankings and, remarkably for a 14-time major champion, is exempt into just two more US Opens after his win at Torrey Pines in 2008. Although, it’s almost unthinkable that he’d not get special invitations to play more if and when he’s fit to go again.

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