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Woods withdraws from US Open



BY DOUG FERGUSON
AP GOLF WRITER

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) -- Tiger Woods withdrew from the U.S. Open on Wednesday as he recovers from back surgery that has kept him out of golf for nearly three months.

It will be the second U.S. Open, and sixth major, he has missed because of injury over the last six years.

The U.S. Open is June 12-15 at Pinehurst No. 2, where Woods tied for third in 1999 and was runner-up in 2005. The announcement on his website was not surprising. A week ago at a promotional event for the Quicken Loans National at Congressional, Woods said he still had not taken a full swing with a golf club and did not know when he could.

He had microdiscetomy surgery to relieve a pinched nerve on March 31.

"Unfortunately, I won't be there because I'm not yet physically able to play competitive golf," Woods said. "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."

Woods last played on March 9 at Doral, where he closed with a 78 while suffering what he called back spasms. He withdrew in the middle of the final round at the Honda Classic with back pain a week earlier.

Woods is a three-time U.S. Open champion, one short of the record shared by Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, Bobby Jones and Willie Anderson. His most recent U.S. Open victory was in 2008 at Torrey Pines, where he won in a playoff over Rocco Mediate a week before he had season-ending knee surgery.

That was his 14th victory in 46 majors, a winning rate of 30 percent as a pro. He has not won a major since Torrey Pines, leaving him four short of Nicklaus' record.



Woods missed the British Open and PGA Championship after knee surgery in 2008. He missed the U.S. Open and British Open while allowing leg injuries to heal in 2011. He missed the Masters for the first time in April because of back surgery.

Nicklaus said earlier Wednesday that Woods' health would be the biggest obstacle in breaking his record in the majors. Woods called Nicklaus earlier Wednesday to express regrets about missing the Memorial, and Nicklaus said that Woods indicated he was making progress.

"If he's healthy, I think Tiger has got 10-plus years to play top quality tournament golf," Nicklaus said. "And I've said many times, he's got a little over 40 tournaments to play the major championships; he's only got to win five to pass my record. As good a player as he is, I don't think that should be a big deal. But then again, he's got to do it. Plus, he's also got to be healthy to be able to do it."

Woods has not indicated when he might be able to return to competition, saying that would be up to his doctors and how he recovers from the surgery.

"Despite missing the first two majors, and several other important tournaments, I remain very optimistic about this year and my future," he said.

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bailey.willie May 28 2014 at 7:10 PM

PACK IT IN FOR THE YEAR, IT'S BETTER WITHOUT HIM. NOW THE COMMENTATORS CAN STOP KISSING HIS AS*

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jimnivens1 May 28 2014 at 7:00 PM

back strain from humping white gals

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eurocardriver000 May 28 2014 at 7:48 PM

GOOD !!! The world is a better place without you Eldrick.

Back to the club house bro.

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Virginia May 28 2014 at 7:07 PM

Bset news I've heard this year,

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roberte550 Virginia May 28 2014 at 7:27 PM

jealous, jealous, jealous......you would be the first to seek his autograph if he were close. You boys cannot stand it because he did what you guys wish you could do. Stew, baby, stew

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Hana May 28 2014 at 7:20 PM

This is terrible news, tournaments are just better when Tiger is in the hunt!

I hope he makes The British Open!

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investigatorkch May 28 2014 at 6:58 PM

GOOD

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chach investigatorkch May 28 2014 at 7:28 PM

Wishing Tiger a speedy and healthy recovery so we can once again enjoy watching him challenge the courses and set the records. There's a lot of young talent out there these days so he'll have a big challenge on his plate.

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psaarc investigatorkch May 28 2014 at 11:27 PM

You sound like a great person, lol!

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siscosdad May 28 2014 at 7:27 PM

Tiger announced over a month ago that he would not play in the Open. This isn't news

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blueeyessing siscosdad May 28 2014 at 8:32 PM

I bet ratings go down when Tiger isn't there. He draws a TV and location crowd.

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pruettee blueeyessing May 28 2014 at 10:08 PM

Sorry folks. This tournament and others draw a crowd no matter who is playing. There will be others playing who will now get the attention.

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Kathleen Zaworski-Bu blueeyessing May 29 2014 at 12:22 AM

Tiger Woods is an incredible golfer. His personal life should be just that...personal...so all of you with a "morals" problem...get over it, already...

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lovelaurie siscosdad May 28 2014 at 11:49 PM

It is to AOL, siscosdad!

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skidrowtom May 28 2014 at 10:15 PM

I hope Eldrick enjoys being away as much as we will.

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aces skidrowtom May 28 2014 at 10:20 PM

you are just another fn idiot

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darrthom aces May 29 2014 at 9:04 AM

Why? Just because he doesn't worship Tiger Woods?

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s48man skidrowtom May 29 2014 at 8:35 AM

With a name like skidrow mmmmmmmm sound like a homless person to ma you couldnt be tigers shoeshine boy let alone probably dont know what a golf club is

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tonden123 May 28 2014 at 9:56 PM

I like Phil Mickelson and his drug commercials for old foggies myself

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Joan tonden123 May 28 2014 at 11:13 PM

Really like Phil, also. He is such a gentleman, surely to be admired.

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rude May 28 2014 at 10:47 PM

Is it just a coincidence that Hooters Customer Appreciation Dayz is on the same weekend?

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psaarc rude May 28 2014 at 11:29 PM

How did you know that when "Hooters Appreciation Day" is, I didn't know there was such a thing. Hummmmm

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