Woods Will Miss U.S. Open as Back Rehab Continues

Tiger Woods will miss next month’s U.S. Open as he continues to rehabilitate his lower back following surgery.

The U.S. Open, golf’s second major tournament of the year, is scheduled for June 12-15 in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

“Unfortunately, I won’t be there because I’m not yet physically able to play competitive golf,” Woods said in an announcement yesterday on his website. “Despite missing the first two majors, and several other important tournaments, I remain very optimistic about this year and my future.”

Woods, 38, hasn’t played on tour since undergoing microdiscectomy surgery for a pinched nerve in his back on March 31. Woods last competed on March 9 and also missed April’s Masters Tournament. The U.S. Open will be the sixth major championship he has skipped because of injuries.

Woods’s most recent major success came at the 2008 U.S. Open, leaving him four shy of Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18 major titles. Woods is three titles away from tying Sam Snead’s record 82 U.S. PGA Tour victories.

(Corrects Woods’s record in final paragraph of story that moved yesterday.)
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