Tiger Woods announced this week that he has withdrawn from the U.S. Open, making it the second consecutive major he will miss as he continues to rehab from microdiscectomy surgery for a pinched nerve in his back.
Woods missed The Masters for the first time in his career in April because of the surgery on March 31. Because of his absence, Woods lost his world No. 1 ranking to Adam Scott. Woods is currently ranked No. 3 in the world behind Scott and No. 2 Henrik Stenson.
"Unfortunately, I won't be there because I'm not yet physically able to play competitive golf," Woods said in statement 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."
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Woods website stated that the star golfer's absence from the U.S. Opens makes it the sixth time he missed a major because of injury. Woods did not play for eight months after winning the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines with a broken leg in 2008.
Woods talked about his exasperation of not being able to play May 19 during Media Day for the Quicken Loans National at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland. That tournament will be held June 23-29.
"That's one of the more frustrating things," Woods said during news conference, according to his website. "There's no date, no timetable. Just taking it day by day and trying to get stronger. I want to play today, and that's just not going to happen."
Woods said at the news conference that he sharpened his video game skills and spent time with his children, but he's itching to get back on the green.
"I miss being out there on the golf course," Woods said, according to his website. "I miss hitting balls and just playing. I don't know how many more weeks I can go at this pace, but at least I'm actually able to get out there and chip and putt."
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