Tiger Woods has removed himself from consideration for the Ryder Cup team and says he won't play competitively again until December because of ongoing problems with his back.
On his own website and in a statement released Wednesday by the PGA of America, Woods said he took himself out of consideration for the team based on his doctors' advice.
“I’ve been told by my doctors and trainer that my back muscles need to be rehabilitated and healed," Woods said in the statement. "They’ve advised me not to play or practice now. I’m extremely disappointed that I won’t be ready for the competition. The U.S. Team and the Ryder Cup mean too much to me not to be able to give it my best. I’ll be cheering for the U.S. Team. I think we have an outstanding squad going into the matches.”
Woods said on TigerWoods.com he will not play again until his own World Challenge event in December.
Woods shot 74-74 and missed the cut at last week's PGA Championship in Louisville. He withdrew from the WGC-Bridgestone with back pain the week before. He said that his most recent back problems are "muscular only" and are not related to the surgery he underwent March 31 to repair a pinched nerve in his back.
American Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson will announce his three captain's picks at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 2, during a press conference in New York City.
“My primary wish is for Tiger to be healthy and competitive, and I hope that he’ll return to the game very soon,” Watson said in the statement. “Of course, I’m disappointed that Tiger Woods has asked not to be considered for the U.S. Ryder Cup Team, and that his health is not where he would like it to be. However, I think we can all agree that we need Tiger Woods in this great sport, and he has taken the high road by informing me early on in the selection process. My focus will remain on identifying three players to join the U.S. team and give us the best chance for success at Gleneagles.”
Players who have clinched a spot on the team are Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, Jordan Spieth, Jimmy Walker and Bubba Watson. The Ryder Cup matches are Sept. 26-28 at Gleneagles in Perthshire, Scotland.