Tiger Woods will not be in the United States team for the Ryder Cup next month after withdrawing himself from consideration for a captain’s pick due to injury.
The 38-year-old failed to qualify for the team outright and has now informed the PGA of America and Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson that, after playing just four tournaments on his return to action following back surgery, he does not wish to be considered for one of the three remaining places.
Woods has struggled with personal problems and a series of injuries since winning his most recent major championship at the 2008 US Open, with a back injury the latest to disturb his career.
Woods underwent back surgery on March 31 and has now admitted he will not be fit to participate at Gleneagles.
“While I greatly appreciate Tom thinking about me for a possible captain’s pick, I must take myself out of consideration,” said Woods, pictured.
“I’ve been told by my doctors and trainer that my back muscles need to be rehabilitated and healed. They’ve advised me not to play or practice now. I’m extremely disappointed. The US 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 US Team. I think we have an outstanding squad going into the matches.
“I plan to return to competition at my World Challenge tournament at Isleworth in Orlando, Florida, Dec. 1-7. It’s an event that’s important to me and my foundation, and it will be exciting to be playing again.”